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A variant which has become very popular with smaller vessels consists of a travelling gantry which runs on the coamings and can pick up any panel and transfer it along the hatch to a stack forward or aft. This avoids the need for systems to drive panels up and down the coaming and has the great merit of being simple to operate and maintain.
To my way of thinking, the bolded fragment means as follows:
Thanks to/by using the variant, the systems do not have to drive panels up and down the coaming and there is an advantage to having the variant,because/which is simple to operate and maintain.
Do you find my understanding acceptable?
The above text is about gantry crane and hatch covers aboard ships.
I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.