MacGregor To Build Stern Slewing Ramps For 'Multiflex' Ships

One of the interesting new ship designs of 1976, the "Multiflex" multipurpose cargo ship developed by the Danish shipbuilders Burmeister & Wain, is to include MacGregor stern slewing ramps when the first two are delivered to the yard's subsidiary company, Hamlet Shipping.

The order for the slewing ramps, together with associated weatherdeck and 'tween-deck hatch cover equipment for each of the 12,800-dwt vessels was received by MacGregor Scandinavia A.B., Goteborg, Sweden, a member company of the International MacGregor Organisation.

The "Multiflex" design has combined container carrying, ro/ro and bulk cargo capacity, providing the vessels with highly adaptable trading potential.

The introduction of the Mac- Gregor* slewing ramp, built in accordance with the owner's specifications, will give each vessel a loading capability either stern-to at a specially built ro/ro pier, or to a point 35 degrees starboard of the centerline. Each ramp will have an extended length of approximately 59 feet.

A third "Multiflex" vessel on order for Hamlet Shipping will be equipped with a MacGregor quarter ramp. All three vessels are scheduled for delivery later this year.

Companies of the International MacGregor Organisation have now obtained orders for four vessels to be fitted with slewing ramps. In August last year, the announcement was made that two 14,300-dwt ro/ros currently building in Germany would be equipped with MacGregor slewing ramps, both of which will have a full slewing capacity either side of the centerline. Delivery of the first is planned for September this year.

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