The China Navigation Company (CNCo) has ordered 16 more electrically driven MacGregor cranes from Cargotec.
Four vessels are being built for China Navigation at Chengxi Shipyard in China and they are scheduled for delivery in 2013 and 2014. Each will be equipped with four MacGregor cranes. There are options open for a further six vessels.
— One of the main reasons why CNCo opted for electric cranes again is to own and operate the most fuel-efficient handy bulk carriers on the market, says Per-Erik Nilsson, Sales and Marketing Director for cargo handling cranes at Cargotec.
— Efficiency savings are mainly attributable to a 30 to 35 per cent reduction in power compared to Macgregor's closed loop electro-hydraulic cranes and between 60 to 70 per cent for open loop cranes plus faster and more accurate hook and grab positioning, which reduces time spent in port.
— Together, these factors will result in significantly lower fuel consumption in port thereby lowering the carbon footprint.
CNCo is the deep-sea ship-owning and operating arm of the Swire group of companies and is wholly-owned by the group's parent company, John Swire & Sons.
In 2006, as part of a drive to increase its environmental performance, CNCo made the decision to evaluate the benefits of a MacGregor electrically-driven crane and has been a regular customer since.