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February 19, 2009

MacBarge boosts MacGregor offshore test capabilities

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A purpose-built barge to be commissioned this month at its manufacturing site in Kristiansand, Norway, will boost production and testing capacity at the offshore division of Cargotec Corporation's MacGregor unit.

MacGregor's Offshore division is expanding its equipment testing capabilities in Kristiansand to handle business growth and a large number of active heave-compensated (AHC) offshore cranes and other subsea load-handling equipment.

The 76 m x 23 m multi-testbed barge, called MacBarge, is designed to test two large AHC offshore cranes simultaneously, as well as winches, ROV systems and other subsea load-handling technology. It carries its own 2,000kVA power unit.

Rune Byremo, director of the Kristiansand facility's production department says that: "As well as enhancing the capacity and flexibility of our overall testing program, our new test barge will enable the offshore division to meet customers' demands for even bigger and more advanced offshore load-handling technology in the future."

MacBarge will enable full scale testing of various MacGregor products to be conducted prior to installation on board vessels, improving the total efficiency of the test process.

Øystein Bondevik, sales director, MacGregor Offshore says: "MacBarge will offer us the indispensable additional facilities that we now need."

He adds that, being mobile, MacBarge will enable fully-assembled equipment to be delivered directly to customers.

The Kristiansand plant is the manufacturing and testing hub for MacGregor's offshore load-handling equipment, and alongside AHC offshore and deck cranes, it also produces winches, A-frames, module-handling systems, launch-and-recovery systems (LARS) and rescue davits. The site covers an area of 130,000 sq m, including 26,000 sq m of indoor workshops, a deepwater quay and a 185 m x 35 m drydock. The outdoor trial area currently facilitates the simultaneous testing of four AHC offshore cranes of up to 9,000 tonne metres (tm), while smaller equipment is tested inside the plant.


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