MacGregor’s equipment for world’s largest zero-carbon ready Aurora-class PCTCs
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply comprehensive packages of RoRo equipment for an additional four multi-fuel and zero-carbon ready Aurora-class pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) for Höegh Autoliners.
The significant order is booked into Cargotec’s 2023 fourth-quarter order intake and the vessels will be delivered between the second quarter of 2026 and the first half of 2027. This will extend Höegh Autoliners’ Aurora class newbuilding program to twelve vessels, all of which will be built by China Merchant Heavy Industries (Jiangsu) Co.
In March this year, the steel-cutting ceremony was held for the first vessel in this class at China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI). Meanwhile, the company has placed an order for four more Auroro-class PCTCs. This brings the number of total vessels under the newbuilding program to twelve vessels.
The Aurora class will have capabilities to transport up to 9,100 cars and will be the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly car carriers, according to the shipowner. The class will have DNV’s ammonia and methanol-ready notations.
MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses design, supply and installation support for a large stern quarter ramp and for a door, a side ramp and a door, internal ramp systems, and liftable car decks on all four vessels.
“Höegh Autoliners has a clear commitment towards a more sustainable future and we are pleased that they have chosen to continue collaborating with us moving towards safer, more efficient and eco-efficient shipping,” said Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions, MacGregor.
“We are very pleased to be continuing our partnership with MacGregor. Our Aurora newbuilding program is a definitive step in our commitment to a net zero emissions future by 2040, and MacGregor’s world leading technology and expertise will benefit our operations and ensure that the Aurora vessels are built to the highest standards. It is our ambition to be the preferred green partner in deep sea shipping, and we are committed to building a more sustainable future,” said Andreas Enger, CEO of Höegh Autoliners.