MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for environmentally-friendly equipment for four next-generation eco-cruise ships which will be built in Germany and Finland. The vessels will be the first liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships to enter the market. The orders were booked into first quarter 2016 order intake.

“Cruise ships operate in some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems and a rising demand from both authorities and operators requires that onboard systems are as environmentally-friendly as possible,” says Lars Öberg, Sales Manager, RoRo at MacGregor. “They also need to be efficient, quiet and cost-effective.”

MacGregor deliveries include electrically-operated shell doors and electric frequency-controlled Hatlapa winches.

“Our extensive portfolio of electrically-driven equipment is ideally suited to this ship type,” continues Mr Öberg. “The greatest environmental benefits of electric drives are the elimination of potentially polluting hydraulic oil leaks and the fact that, on average, electric drives consume up to 30 percent less energy than their hydraulic equivalents. MacGregor’s impressive reference list of providing reliable electric-drive systems in RoRo applications as well as the company’s ability to make timely deliveries was an important factor in securing the contract.”