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China COSCO Shipping newbuilds to implement MACS3

China COSCO Shipping (CCS) Group has ordered MACS3 loading computers from Navis Carrier Solutions for three 20,000 TEU container vessels currently under construction at Shanghai Wai Gao Qiao shipyard in China, scheduled for completion between April 2017 and February 2018.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MAC3 loading computer system, along with the stowage planning software StowMan and the fleet performance management solution Bluetracker, had previously been Interscahlt products prior to that company’s acquisition by Cargotec in 2016. As of 2017 these software products will all be offered under the new Navis Carrier Solutions umbrella, a Cargotec business based out of Oakland in California.

The onboard loading computer MACS3 covers a wide range of calculations relating to hydrostatics, intact and damage stability as well as the ship’s longitudinal strength.

In addition to the hardware, the basic program includes squat calculation, the container management modules BELCO, the dangerous goods module DAGO I, the lashing functionality Sealash (GL 2013), online interfaces to tank gauging systems and hull stress monitoring systems and the trim optimisation module TROP.

In addition to these first two CCS ships, a second contract has been agreed covering six sister vessels with a capacity of 21,000 TEU with the hull numbers H1416/17, 1420, 1427-1429, to be built at Shanghai Wai Gao Qiao Shipyard and scheduled for delivery between May and December 2018.

Finally, two additional 20,000 TEU container vessels, with hull numbers C20k-1/2, are under construction at Dalian shipyard and will be equipped with the MACS3, with delivery scheduled for March and June 2018.

Since the Chinese shipping container line CSCL and COSCO merged, a total of 158 vessels in the new combined fleet use MACS3.

“These three series mark a new dimension for our onboard MACS3 loading computer. It has never been used to load cargo on vessels of this size,” said Dr Selke Eichler, the head of customer relations management MACS3 at Navis Carrier Solutions in Flensburg, Germany.

“We are proud of the long-term relationship with China Cosco Shipping Group that is based on providing consistently reliable software technology in compliance with the latest safety regulations.”

An updated version of the MACS3 software is due for release in April 2017, with improvements to the stowage and segregation requirements with the latest IMDG code and emergency schedules. It will also include the latest dangerous goods amendments DAGO 38.{/mprestriction}

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