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Published: October 2016
Maximising carrying capacity
MacGregor has introduced two initiatives to help close the gap between a box ship’s nominal capacity and the actual number of containers that can be loaded.
According to Janne Suominen, cargo system development manager at MacGregor, some of the investments that lines are making in bigger ships are being wasted, due to underperformance of the cargo systems on those very same vessels. At a time when lines are looking to lower their average slot cost, the gap between nominal vessel capacity and actual achievable loading rates is, in fact, growing. MacGregor expressed this view at the Navis World conference in 2015, but the company is still surprised that the issue is not widely appreciated or debated, especially as the problem is getting worse as larger vessels come on stream, as depicted in the accompanying graph....
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