JANUARY 9, 2019 — MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply deck machinery equipment for the first next generation Navy Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship under construction by Gulf Island Shipyards, in Houma, LA, under a contract awarded last March that includes an option for seven further vessels.
Designated T-ATS (X) by Navsea, the new class of vessel will be deployed for worldwide naval service including open-ocean towing, supporting salvage operations and submarine rescue missions.
NAVSEA requirements state that the vessel must have a minimum bollard pull rating of 118 tonnes (130 short tons). To meet this need, MacGregor's deck machinery package will include a main towing and traction winch, in addition to an offshore crane, Triplex shark jaws, towing and pop-up pins, a stern roller, and other accessories. The contract also provides for crew training as well as integrated logistics support.
"Naval contracts require specialist service support," says Høye Høyesen, Vice President, Advanced Offshore Solutions, MacGregor. "We have a long history of offering integrated logistics support (ILS), which is essential for naval operations and influences equipment design decisions from a reliability and service perspective. We support Navies with various ILS modules to ensure that equipment is cost-effective and optimally available throughout its lifecycle."
MacGregor has a global network of engineers and service personnel, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. "This extremely high level of support readiness is critically important to naval operations," stre