Dutch-based resin applications specialist Bolidt has supplied around 7,500 sq m of hard wearing and environmentally friendly outdoor decking to the latest Viking Cruises ship – ‘Viking Neptune’.
Recently delivered to Viking Cruises from Fincantieri Ancona, ’Viking Neptune’ is an all-veranda small ship. With diverse itineraries taking in everywhere from sub-Arctic Scandinavia to the tropical waters of Southeast Asia and Latin America, the 227 m long vessel will face a wide range of temperatures and climates.
Viking Cruises therefore required an outdoor decking solution that could withstand near-freezing conditions, as well as long exposure to direct sunlight, heat and humidity.
Building on a relationship dating back to Viking’s foundation in 1997, the owner contracted Bolidt, whose decking systems feature on all of Viking’s river, ocean and expedition cruise vessels.
For ’Viking Neptune’, the cruise company chose the patented Bolideck Future Teak, which – in addition to offering hard wearing, non-slip properties – represents a lightweight and sustainable alternative to genuine teak, thereby meeting the cruise operator’s high environmental standards.
With the flexible patented Bolideck Select also featuring on board the ship, Bolidt installed about 7,500 sq m of decking in total, covering all of the outdoor areas, including balconies, pool area, crew deck, Sports Deck and Aquavit Terrace.
Hard wearing and UV-resistant decking is essential to meet the weather extremes that the vessel will encounter.
In addition, Bolidt also supplied a built-in deck-heating system to prevent ice forming in the coldest environments and sound insulation in certain areas of the vessel to help ensure the highest standards of guest comfort at all times.
“We have worked with Viking since its foundation in 1997, so we know exactly what is expected of us when supplying decking for one of its vessels – whether it be a river ship, an exploration vessel or an oceangoing cruise ship,” explained Jacco van Overbeek, Director Maritime, Bolidt. “Viking places great emphasis on sustainable operations and favours simple, elegant design. Bolideck Future Teak has the look and feel of real teak but is more resilient and far less harmful to the environment, making it the ideal solution for the passenger ship sector.”
Bolidt has previously worked with Viking on both newbuildings and retrofits at shipyards in Italy, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Egypt and the US.
With additional projects scheduled in China, Bolidt is set to finalise a further five Viking newbuilding projects by the end of this year, including the sistership, ’Viking Mars’.