MacGregor, an affiliate of Finnish cargo and load handling solutions Cargotec, has received a contract from Gulf Island Shipyards to supply deck machinery equipment for a US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) T-ATSX-class towing, salvage and rescue ship.

The T-ATSX-class vessel is under construction at Gulf Island Shipyards, in Houma, Louisiana, US.

MacGregor is expected to deliver the deck machinery equipment during the first quarter of next year.

The contract includes the option for a further seven vessels.

MacGregor Advanced Offshore Solutions vice-president Høye Høyesen said: “Our naval systems are developed from commercially proven designs that are extensively tested in operation.

“They include proven performance characteristics, combined with innovative technology developed to meet today’s needs for higher efficiency and lower environmental impact.”

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"Our naval systems are developed from commercially proven designs that are extensively tested in operation."

The T-ATSX is a new class of vessel that will be deployed in support of naval operations, including open-ocean towing, supporting salvage operations and submarine rescue missions.

In March last year, Gulf Island Shipyards received a $63.56m contract to design and construct the T-ATS.

Under the NAVSEA requirements, the vessel must have a minimum bollard pull rating of 118t.

In line with the requirements, MacGregor will provide a main towing and traction winch, an offshore crane, Triplex shark jaws, towing and pop-up pins, a stern roller, and other accessories.

Pursuant to the contract terms, the company will also offer crew training and integrated logistics support.

Høyesen added: “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.”