MacGregor introduces the next generation electric crane - the preferred choice for sustainable cargo handling



In MacGregor we continuously innovate and support our customers with more environmentally sustainable products, services and solutions. We are therefore proud to introduce the next generation of variable frequency drive (VFD) electric cranes. 

MacGregor has delivered more than 500 electric cranes since 2007, with electric motor and drive system technology evolving significantly during this time. These developments have enabled the winch design, motor efficiency and cooling system to be further improved. As a result, the new generation crane is 15% more efficient than the first generation design and up to 50% more efficient compared to the traditional closed-loop hydraulic design. 

Variable Frequency Drive benefits for shipbuilders, owners and operators remain the same:

  • Potential savings in capital expenditure through reduced generator size, smaller electric cables and no oil filling
  • Superior cargo handling efficiency due to higher speeds and precision control, reducing time in port
  • Increased operator & crew comfort though significantly reduced noise levels
  • Lower maintenance costs without the need to change oil, oil filters and hoses 
  • A sustainable choice that removes the risk of oil leakage

Electric drives are available for all merchant cranes in the MacGregor portfolio, including port, bulker, container, multi-purpose and heavy lift cranes. 

In addition, all electric cranes can be connected to the OnWatch Scout condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance service, with the option to include several automation functionalities such as Auto-Drive and Auto-Tandem. 

The MacGregor next generation electric crane is the preferred choice for sustainable cargo handling, providing unmatched control accuracy and a silent operating environment. 


For further information, please contact

Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions Division, MacGregor.
Tel. +46 31 850 919,  
Robin Thuillier, Communications Director, MacGregor
Tel. +65 9730 4301,   


MacGregor is a leader in sustainable maritime cargo and load handling with a strong portfolio of products, services and solutions.

Shipbuilders, shipowners and operators are able to optimise the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor.

MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2020 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,000 people worldwide.