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MACS3 for Zhonghu Shipping

Navis has announced that six new box ships being built for Chinese inland watery transport will be equipped with its MACS3 Loading Computer.

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Navis will supply the MACS3 for six new 1,900 TEU fully cellular, gearless container vessels currently being built at Nanjing-based Jinling Shipyard in China. The vessels are destined for the Intra-Asia trade, joining the fleet of Shanghai-based owner Zhonggu Shipping starting in 2019.


The MACS3 loading computer has been certified as an acceptable on-board loading device by the Chinese Classification Societies (CCS) with regard to stability calculations for sea-going and inland waterway transports.


“The MACS3 version has been adopted for Chinese inland waterway transport and provides a streamlined overview of all relevant stability criteria, which includes listing limits and for all loading and ballast water conditions. Additionally, it contains a coefficient factor that allows cargo officers on board to quickly check whether the vessel complies with the CCS’ inland waterway stability standards. Thanks to the IMDG module, MACS3 complies with Chinese standards for the inland waterway transport of dangerous goods.


“This dedicated MACS3 version for vessels serving Intra-Asia trade is provided as a service to owners who value safe and efficient vessel and cargo performance for sea-going vessels and for river-sea shipping,” Navis said in a statement.


“Inland waterway transport throughout the world is subject to the highest standards of national authorities and classification societies to ensure safe and efficient cargo transportation. MACS3 is known for its high degree of flexibility in implementing international and national regulations according to customers’ needs,” said Guy Rey-Herme, President of XVELA and the Head of Maritime Solution at Navis. “At Navis, we maintain solid long-term relationships with Chinese ship owners and shipyards. The close collaboration supported by our agency network ensures we are able to understand the requirements of local owners and incorporate them into our products and services.”


After a series of acquisitions, the MACS3 loading computer is now integrated with the XVELA collaborative maritime business network platform and the stowage planning solution StowMan. “Due to MACS3’s connectivity to XVELA, customers profit from a faster way to check stability and lashing calculations. This is due to the fact that terminal vessel planners can see the same results depicted on vessels while creating their plans, thus resulting in a quicker start for loading and discharging operations at the terminal,” Navis noted.

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