Elevator and escalator manufacturer KONE has won a contract by German shipbuilder MV WERFTEN to equip two 204,000 gt ‘Global class’ cruise ships, specifically designed for Asian cruise market.
The contract also includes options for two similar vessels.
KONE will deliver nine MonoSpace elevators, 33 KONE MiniSpace(TM) elevators and 16 KONE TravelMaster(TM)110 escalators.
Other KONE equipment will include E-Link monitoring systems and special elevator operating modes, including boarding, luggage handling, gangway and medical priority modes.
Being built in Wismar, Germany, the 5,000 pax ships will be 340 m long, with 20 decks and housing over 2,000 crew members. The two vessels are being built for Star Cruises owned by Genting Hong Kong and due to be completed in 2020 and 2021.
“With years of experience in marine business, KONE’s team has convinced us with their experienced site professionals and planning and design expertise. We’re looking forward to building the world’s most modern and efficient cruise vessels with improved passenger flow and boarding,” said Jarmo Laakso, MV WERFTEN managing director.
“The Asian cruise market is booming and there is a new breed of cruisers with high expectations for on board experience. With early involvement, we’re proud to have co-created with the customer a tailor-made solution that meets the needs of Asian cruise passengers,” said Timo Pakarinen, Managing Director of KONE’s Marine business.
In addition to the large cruise ships, KONE has also been awarded a contract by MV WERFTEN to equip two of its 20,000 gt ‘Endeavor’ expedition yachts with an option for one additional ship. The ‘Endeavor’ class vessels will be the world’s largest expedition yachts designed for operation in the Arctic, Antarctic and also in the Tropics.
KONE will supply two MiniSpace passenger elevators and two MiniSpace service elevators. The vessels are due for delivery to luxury cruise line Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises in 2019.