New winches being engineered for a vessel construction campaign in Asia will enhance tug towage.
Cargotec subsidiary MacGregor has clinched a contract to supply deck machinery it said improves performance capabilities for eight new tugboats being built in China.
Cheoy Lee Shipyards has ordered MacGregor winches for four escort and four harbour tugboats, to be delivered in Q2 and Q3 2019. Cheoy Lee is building these tugs, which will have an overall length of 32 m, for operations in India and in southeast Asia.
MacGregor said these winches were specifically designed to maximise vessel performance by minimising equipment weight.
MacGregor produces equipment packages for tugs including high-performance escort winches, anchor windlasses, towing winches, hydraulic power packs and power take-off systems.
MacGregor vice president for advanced offshore solutions Høye Høyesen said it worked with ship designers and shipyards to develop high performance deck machinery for tugs. "We understand that detailed consideration of vessel operations and design is key to providing an optimum solution," he said.
MacGregor senior manager for sales and marketing Terry Onn said its deck handling equipment was redesigned with simplified structural design and to reduce weight. "The reduced weight and dimensions of the winch deliver a 10% increase in vessel speed during forward tows, offering a considerable operational advantage to the customer," he said.
MacGregor has a long relationship with Cheoy Lee Shipyards, supplying deck machinery for various vessels.