|The installation of decking solutions from Dutch company Bolidt on board one of the largest cruise ships ever to be built in Germany recently received a royal seal of approval.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands witnessed a contract signing at the Rostock shipyard of MV Werften.
Formalised during a trade delegation visit, this agreement calls for Bolidt to supply 17,000 sq m of its synthetic systems to the first ‘Globa’l class cruise ship for Hong Kong-based Genting Group’s Dream Cruises, which is already under construction.
Installations will include the patented Bolideck Future Teak and Bolideck Select Soft, part of the range of solutions available for both newbuilding projects and refits. On her delivery in 2021, the whole of the new ship’s outside areas will feature Bolidt ship deck solutions, including the running track and all entertainment park areas.
Robert Van Aarle, Bolidt Sales and Business Development Manager, said: “It was a very proud moment to sign the contract in the presence of the royal couple. Our success in winning this important order was primarily the result of our experience and expertise in the cruise ship market, the durability of our decking materials and the fact that we can supply our own highly skilled application teams to the yard.”
At 342m in length, and incorporating 2,500 suites and cabins, the 204,000gt ‘Global’ class vessel has been designed from the keel upwards for the Asian market, with public areas fitted for different types of activity and a range of advanced technology solutions incorporated.
The vessel is being built at two MV Werften shipyards, Wismar and Rostock. A 220m long midship section will be constructed in Rostock before being transported to Wismar, where the bow and stern and superstructure will be assembled and attached.
This is the second significant contract that Bolidt has won for Genting vessels under construction at MV Werften.
Work is well advanced on a Polar class expedition yacht, ‘Crystal Endeavour’, which is being built at the Stralsund yard. Similarly, all outside decking including the running track is being supplied by Bolidt, with Bolideck Future Teak and Bolideck Select Soft again featuring prominently.
All of the decking materials for this 20,000gt, 200-pax capacity vessel will be delivered by Bolidt before the end of 2019, with the ship due for delivery to the Genting Group in early 2020.
Trelleborg replaces Langkawi berth fenders
After over a decade of facilitating the berthing of visiting cruise ships, Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has replaced the existing fenders, installed in 1997, at Star Cruises Langkawi Jetty, with itsSuper Cone Fenders (SCN).
Located on the south coast of Langkawi, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, the jetty serves around 100 vessels per year.
Following 15 years of operation, Star Cruises askedTrelleborg to replace the existing fenders enabling the jetty to accommodate larger cruise vessels.
Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, said: “It’s testament to the success of the solutions we have previously supplied for the Langkawi Jetty that Star Cruises awarded us the contract for the latest batch of fenders. With vessel sizes increasing, infrastructure needs to keep up and Star Cruises is ensuring exactly that.”
Trelleborg’s SCN are the latest generation of ‘cell’ fenders. The conical body shape makes the SCN very stable even at large compression angles and provides excellent shear strength. With overload stops the SCN is highly resistant to over-compression, the company claimed.