EverEst™ advanced technology bearing pads
Any ship equipped with a cargo handling system such as hatch covers requires bearing pads to be used as standard components. As a leading manufacturer of hatch covers, MacGregor offers the EverEst™ product family, which includes four different types of bearing pads. The MacGregor advanced pad system is tailor-made and has a proven history of durability.
Four types of pads are available. The most popular standard options are the OptiPad and the ElasticPad.
The OptiPad is a very low friction bearing, made of PTFE (poly-tetrafluorethylene) with a melted-in woven Teflon™ fabric, combining excellent properties such as a very low friction coefficient, no electro galvanic corrosion and excellent behaviour under all climate conditions, in one solid unit. This is one of the preferred bearing pads for use on all types of ships.
The MacGregor Elastic Pad is a bearing pad with rubber and steel plates inside. It has been designed for flexibility but without sliding and therefore has no mating plate. The pad is built to deflect movement and inclination of the ship’s hull and is ideally suited to meet the requirements of lift-on/lift-off hatch covers used on large and medium size containerships.
The MediPad low friction bearing pad is made of a self-lubricating polymer composite, and is ideal for use on bulk ships where there are relatively low forces acting on the hatch cover. MediPads have been in use on cargo vessels for over 20 years.
The BasicPad bearing consists of hardox/weldox wear plates. This simple, all-purpose pad can be used on various vessel types and has a proven history of a long service life onboard a large number of ships.
Services for 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.
Hatch cover products
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.
Side-rolling hatch covers
MacGregor side-rolling hatch covers are commonly used on the weather decks of larger bulk carriers, such as Panamax and Capesize vessel types.
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.