MacGregor wins ocean research equipment deal

Cargotec’s deck machinery specialist subsidiary MacGregor is to deliver advanced oceanographic overboard handling systems for the prestigious Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will deliver a suite of advanced overboard handling systems, for the new 50m long oceanographic research vessel David Packard owned by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a private, non-profit oceanographic research centre based in California. Founded in 1987 by David Packard, MBARI’s mission is to advance marine science and technology to understand a changing ocean. The David Packard is designed by naval architecture firm Glosten and is currently under construction at Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain.

MacGregor will be delivering a traction winch system and overhead crane that will constitute the ROV Launch & Recovery System (LARS), a deck mounted davit and winch that will constitute the CTD LARS, a stern A-frame, and a main crane with an integrated AUV docking head. The LARS systems will include integrated control systems that will provide smooth operation between the winch and handling system, and AHC (Active Heave Compensation) on the winches will allow for operations in higher sea states.

MacGregor worked with the vessel owner MBARI and the ship designer Glosten during the earlier design stage of the project to provide input on equipment performance requirements, arrangement and wire routing. MacGregor will continue the detailed design efforts with Freire Shipyard.

“As MBARI’s new flagship vessel, the David Packard will enhance our research capabilities to better understand the largest living space on Earth. We’re excited to incorporate MacGregor’s technology to enable launch and recovery of MBARI’s diverse research tools,” said Michael Kelly, MBARI Director of Marine Operations.

“Our involvement at an early stage in the project, together with the owner’s emphasis on high-quality systems and in-service support, is enabling MacGregor to provide a tailor-made solution that fully meets operational requirements, including an integrated control capability,” said Daniel Lundberg, Director of Fishery and Research, MacGregor.


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