United Arab Shipping Company's first ultra-large container vessel has entered service equipped with a MacGregor cargo handling system, designed to maximize payload potential and operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact by minimizing emissions per TEU carried, according to a MacGregor statement.
Delivered by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries' Mokpo shipyard on May 8, Barzan is the first in a series of six 18,800-TEU container carriers built for UASC, designed to set new standards in fuel and energy efficiency.
"We push the boundaries of eco-efficiency standards to ultimately ensure that our customers can achieve higher levels of environmental sustainability," says Jørn Hinge, president and chief executive officer at UASC.
Barzan's cargo handling system includes hatch covers, a comprehensive lashing system and its Lashmate software program.
"MacGregor is striving to elevate the status of the cargo handling system so that it is at the forefront
of modern shipbuilding processes," says Tommi Keskilohko, director at MacGregor's customer solutions for cargo handling business. "Our work with UASC demonstrates that substantial improvements to a ship and its cargo system design can be achieved with an open dialogue and close co-operation between all parties at a very early stage."
In addition to the six ULCCs, UASC has ordered eleven 15,000-TEU vessels also benefiting from optimized MacGregor cargo handling systems. The first was delivered in late 2014 with three more delivered up to May 2015.