MacGregor Will Provide Two Service Stations In People's Republic

An agreement providing two MacGregor s e r v i c e s t a t i o n s at Chinese ports has been signed by MacGregor Cargo Handling Company (Pacific) L i m i t e d , Hong Kong, and China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), of Peking.

The agreement makes provision for servicing virtually the full range of MacGregor-designed equipment, hatch covers, and RO/ RO. The stations are located at the principal ports of Shanghai and 935 nautical miles to the south at Whampoa (Huangpu).

As part of MacGregor's strict code of practice concerning service stations, manning will be by experienced s e r v i c e e n g i n e e rs trained in MacGregor technology and, of equal importance, the station will be stocked with a comprehensive range of MacGregor spare parts.

To implement this, four key Chinese personnel have been undergoing intensive training over the past three months at Mac- Gregor Land & Sea's U.K. headquarters located at Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay. The party, all graduates of technical colleges or universities, included a manager from COSCO's technical department, a supervisor from the COSCO voyage repair station and two technically trained interpreters. On return to China, they in turn will manage the stations and act as tutors, passing on their newly acquired knowledge of MacGregor cargo access equipment to the technicians who actually under- take the repairs and maintenance. Each station will have a staff of six.

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