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Bolidt decking to be installed on NYK Cruises’ Asuka III

A rendering of the 230-meter-long Asuka III launching next year
Bolidt secured its first order to supply and install decking and flooring for the Japanese market, after a breakthrough order covering NYK Cruises’ Asuka III.

Currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and due for delivery in Q2 2025, the LNG-powered Asuka III will be tailored to the preferences of Japanese travellers and homeport in Yokohama, Japan. 

Scope of supply

Last year, representatives from NYK Cruises, SMC Design and Meyer Werft visited Bolidt headquarters to create the colour palette for onboard areas, with special attention given to the sports courts. Working in collaboration, a selection of new colours was developed. The resin applications specialist subsequently secured a contract covering an extensive scope of supply for Asuka III, including the Bolideck systems Future Teak, Select Hard, and Select Soft. 

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 seven to 11. 

Bolideck Select Hard and Select Soft will feature on Asuka III’s boat deck on deck Seven, on the deck 12 sun deck with sports court, and outdoor crew area including basketball court. All areas will benefit from the anti-skid properties and UV resistance of both products.

Bolidt in Asia 

‘Although we have previously worked with East Asian operators such as [the now defunct] 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.’