New additions to the patented Bolidt’s Bolideck range of ship deck covering solutions are illuminating designs.
For example, the company has reported the first delivery of Bolideck LED, which has led to follow up orders from several owners.
Bolideck LED is the latest variation of a decking solution from the Dutch-based design company. Featuring integral LED lighting, it was installed on board the 2,894-pax capacity TUI Cruises ‘Mein Schiff 2’.
LED lighting was fitted in a bar, as well as a number of passenger access areas on the cruise ship. It is also forms part of a ‘floor diamonds’ artwork on the ship, developed in partnership with ICArt and design studio SOFTlab.
Artwork floor installation required close co-operation between the Meyer Turku shipyard, Bolidt and SPT Finland, while the vessel was under construction at the Finnish yard, the company explained.
The project’s success depended on the fitting of the LED lighting with the right sequencing and at the optimum time in the production process to enable Bolidt to complete the flush decking finish.
“Feedback from passengers and crew on ‘Mein Schiff 2’ has been very positive,” claimed Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Director, Maritime Division. “Following on from this initial installation, Bolideck LED has attracted a lot of interest within the market and has been specified for several additional cruise vessel projects, with installations due to take place over the coming year or so.”
This initiative offers designers a high degree of flexibility, as it is available in a wide range of different formats, the company said. For example, a client is able to integrate LED lighting within a larger deck space or deck design, or alternatively create specific functional features, in sports courts or exits.
Bolideck LED also allows deck lighting to be programmed to form different patterns, or to vary the intensity of individual LEDs. This opens up almost endless possibilities for designers to be creative in terms of shape, colour palette and mood, Bolidt said. It can also be made invisible when turned off.
“With any number of lighting patterns possible, Bolideck LED brings additional freedom of expression for cruise ship interior designers. But it could also be used as a means to enhance safety,” van Overbeek added. “As with all our products the important thing is that it can be seamlessly integrated with other systems on board.”
Along with the LED design, ‘Mein Schiff 2’ features over 10,000 sq m of Bolidt products on board, continuing the company’s close relationship with TUI Cruises, as it expands and enhances its fleet.
Other products fitted on board the ship include Bolideck Future Teak, Bolideck Select Soft and Bolideck Select Hard.
Bolideck LED was developed in-house at the company’s research and development centre, which was expanded last year.
van Overbeek concluded, “In these uncertain times we need innovation more than ever before and, in this regard, Bolidt has a unique track record that will help it and its partners in the maritime sector find a way forward.”