Side-rolling hatch covers
Like every hatch cover, MacGregor side-rolling covers are designed to protect the vessel and cargo from the ingress of water into the cargo hold. They ensure the safety of crew and vessel and are well-known for their quality, efficiency and reliability.
MacGregor side-rolling hatch covers are popular for use on the weather decks of larger bulk carriers such as Panamax and Capesize vessel types. For ore bulk oil carriers (OBOs) and ore oil (OO) carriers, hatch covers are designed to withstand internal liquid loads. They are used whenever deck space allows, when there is no such space, folding-type hatch covers are used.
Side-rolling hatch covers stow in a transverse direction. For open hatch bulk carriers (OHBCs), rolling covers of the piggy-back type are preferred if the deck allows little or no free space for stowing the covers when the hatches are open.
A traditional side-rolling cover consists of two panels per hatch, each panel rolling sideways on a pair of transverse ramps. This minimises obstacles to be considered by the shore crane or other loading/unloading device operator when loading and unloading. Our side-rolling hatch covers can have a variety of different drive systems. The two main options are rack-and-pinion or chain-drive.
The main variables in side-rolling hatch cover designs are the drive system, the lifting system and the cleating system, which usually depends on the specified lifting system – Roll-up-Roll (with auto cleats) or wheel lifters (with manual cleats).
- For single and double panel solutions; depending on the available deck space, VLOCs come with a single panel.
- Hydraulic or electric-drive lifting operations
- Rack-and-pinion or chain-drive types
- Manual or auto-cleating systems
- Bearing pads for ease of installation and to minimise friction and wear
- Reliable sealing solutions to match hull deformations
- Adjustable fittings (to compensate for wear)
- High-quality components for a long service life
- Standardised well-proven design and spares
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Services for side-rolling hatch covers
Conversions for hatch covers
MacGregor’s conversion specialists adapt hatch covers to meet new market needs and lengthen their efficient service life.
Modernisations and upgrades for hatch covers
MacGregor’s modernisation services adapt hatch covers to meet new market needs and lengthen their service life.
Other hatch covers
Folding hatch covers
MacGregor folding hatch covers are designed to optimise cargo handling operations and ensure the safety of your ship.
Hatch cover control systems
Harsh conditions on deck mean that MacGregor sources specially-designed hydraulic and electrical control system components from select suppliers.
Hatch cover load transmission
Small pads play big part in structural performance; MacGregor is able to offer a range of bearing pad options to suit every operational need.
Hatch cover sealing solutions
High quality MacGregor sealing solutions deliver a long service life, reduce maintenance costs and increase safety.
Hydraulic pivoting hatch covers
Pivoting hatch covers make the most efficient use of available deck space. They are ideal when multiple panels are not required, or when there is a short, vertical stowage space.
The MacGregor MacRack is an efficient, electric-drive system that combines drive and lift operations for side-rolling hatch covers.
Piggy-back hatch covers
MacGregor piggy-back hatch covers offer a compact, efficient design when there is insufficient deck space to accommodate folding, side-rolling or end-rolling covers.
Stacking hatch covers
Stacking hatch covers for weather decks are usually all hydraulic in operation and the panels move into stowage or closure positions in a specific sequence.