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Largest LNG-powered ferry will feature flexible MacGregor RoRo cargo access package

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from German shipbuilder Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for a comprehensive RoRo cargo access equipment package. It is destined for an LNG-powered RoRo ferry that will be constructed at the yard for the Australian owner, SeaRoad; an option remains for one more vessel package.

At 181m, it will be the largest RoRo ferry with LNG propulsion and the first vessel of this type built by FSG. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016. The ferry will serve SeaRoad's planned new regular liner service across the Bass Strait between Melbourne on the Australian mainland and Devonport on the Australian island of Tasmania.

"Conditions are notoriously rough on the Bass Strait, which puts equipment reliability high on the agenda," says Göran Hugon, Sales Manager, RoRo Equipment at MacGregor.  "Over the years, MacGregor has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with FSG and we won the contract because the yard is pleased with the reliability and performance of previous MacGregor deliveries."

FSG says that the vessel will boast a particularly flexible cargo carrying capability and is able to accommodate containers, including reefer units, trailers, cars and hazardous cargo as well as livestock.

MacGregor's scope of supply of tailor-made RoRo equipment includes two stern ramps/doors, one ramp cover, one access ramp and two pilot/bunker doors, along with  installation services.Equipment delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. 

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