|Dutch-based resin applications specialist, Bolidt has secured its first order to supply and install decking and flooring for the Japanese cruise and ferry market;
The order involves NYK Cruises’ newbuilding ‘Asuka III’.
currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany;
She is due delivery in the second quarter of 2025. The 229 m long ‘Asuka III’ was the first cruise ship to be ordered following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Accommodating up to 744 guests, the luxury ship will run on LNG and feature optimised hydrodynamics for its planned Asian routes.
With her homeport in Yokohama, Japan, she is being tailored to the Japanese market.
In 2023, representatives from NYK Cruises, SMC Design and shipbuilder Meyer Werft visited Bolidt headquarters outside Rotterdam to create the colour palette for on board areas – with special attention given to the sports courts.
Working in collaboration, a selection of new colours was developed to achieve a perfect match. Subsequently, Bolidt secured a contract covering an extensive scope of supply for the cruise ship, including the Bolideck® systems Future Teak, Select Hard, and Select Soft.
“Although we have previously worked with East Asian operators, such as Genting Hong Kong, Japan is a new market for us, and as such, it presents new opportunities,” said Jacco van Overbeek, Director Maritime, Bolidt. “Bolideck® systems – in particular Future Teak – are the ideal choice for modern, environmentally friendly vessels like ‘Asuka III’, and we are delighted to be collaborating with NYK Cruises on this exciting project.”
Bolideck® Future Teak – a lightweight, hardwearing, and cost-effective alternative to real teak – will be used extensively over seven decks, featuring in gangways, lifts and stair lobbies, and on the balconies of decks 7–11.
Launched in 2005, this has become a fixture across the cruise and ferry segments, offering the luxurious look and feel of teak without the environmental impact, the company claimed.
In addition, Bolideck® Select Hard, and Select Soft will feature on ‘Asuka III’s’ boat deck on deck-7, and on the deck-12 sundeck with sports court, and outdoor crew area, including the basketball court.
All areas will benefit from the anti-skid properties and UV resistance of both products, Bolidt said.