MACS3 Loading Computer on CCS Group's 21,000 TEU Newbuilding Series

February 23, 2017

MACS3 loading computers have been ordered by China COSCO Shipping (CCS) Group for three 20,000 TEU container vessels with hull numbers H1413-1415, that are currently under construction at Shanghai Wai Gao Qiao shipyard in China and scheduled for completion between April 2017 and February 2018.

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 optimization module TROP that enables the vessel’s trim to be optimized for reduced fuel consumption based on its current loading condition.

Furthermore, a second contract covers 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.

“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,” says Dr. Selke Eichler, the Head of Customer Relation Management MACS3 at Navis Carrier Solution in Flensburg, Germany. Since the Chinese shipping container line CSCL and COSCO merged, a total of 158 vessels in the new combined fleet use the onboard loading computer MACS3. “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,” Eichler said of the new order.

The MACS3 loading computer has been sold since 1994 and has since become the leader in the container ship segment with a market share of approximately 65 percent. MACS3 connects with XVELA, a cloud-based stowage collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, to enable terminal load plan validation using MACS3 stability calculations. MACS3 is also connected with the stowage planning solution StowMan, which is used by several liner operators, including COSCO. In addition to its usage onboard container vessels, MACS3 also offers ship type specific editions for bulk carriers, multipurpose vessels and tanker vessels.

With regard to design of the software, the upcoming release in April 2017 contains many new improvements to the stowage and segregation requirements of the latest IMDG code and emergency schedules. It will also include the latest dangerous goods amendments DAGO 38.