MacGregor bags €20M RoRo equipment order for Grimaldi’s ammonia-ready PCTCs

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a repeat order for comprehensive packages of roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) equipment for a total of five pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) under construction for the Italian shipping company Grimaldi Group.

Grimaldi's ammonia-ready car carriers. Grimaldi Lines/MacGregor

The vessels with a loading capacity of over 9,000 CEU and the Ammonia Ready class notation by RINA will be built at China Merchant Heavy Industries, where Grimaldi has a total of ten ships on order. They will be delivered to the shipowner between the third quarter of 2024 and the third quarter of 2026.

MacGregor’s order, described as significant, will extend the company’s supply of RoRo equipment from five to ten of Girmaldi’s new PCTC vessels. It has a total value of more than €20 million and was booked into Cargotec’s 2023 first quarter orders received.

MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses design, supply and installation support of RoRo and car deck equipment to all of the five ordered vessels. The equipment includes quarter stern ramps, internal ramps, covers and doors, both liftable and electrical hoisted car decks.

The vessels have been designed and will be built to be later converted to use ammonia as a marine fuel. They will also be equipped with mega lithium batteries, solar panels and shore connection, which will allow them to achieve zero-emission in ports.

Other main technical innovations are the air lubrication system, innovative propulsion and optimized hull design, which aim to reduce the carbon footprint.

“With our recent orders for the construction of new PCTC vessels, our Group has reaffirmed its commitment to its customers, especially the world’s leading car manufacturers who continue to reward us with their trust. In this way, we will continue to live up to their high expectations and meet their evolving needs, with our offer of increasingly efficient and environmentally sustainable shipping solutions”, said Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group.

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“I am proud to see shipowner’s and shipyard’s continued strong trust in the MacGregor brand and our long experience and great track-record with RoRo solutions. We very much value the solid relationship that we have with both China Merchant Heavy Industries and Grimaldi Group. MacGregor supported Grimaldi already in the planning stage by finding cost savings and giving technical guidance for optimised cargo flow. We are extremely committed to maintaining this trust in future”, added Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions, MacGregor.

At the beginning of the year, Grimaldi also hired Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company Limited (SWS) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited (CSTC), two subsidiaries of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC), to build five more ammonia-ready car carriers.