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Articles from 2010 In January


KONE gives Silver Spirit a lift

KONE gives Silver Spirit a lift

The Giacomo Mortola-designed interior of the the ship, currently sailing her 'Grand Inaugural Voyage' around South America, has an Art Deco theme combined with European styling.

‘The luxury interiors of the KONE passenger elevator cars have been custom designed to be in perfect harmony with the ship and reflect the atmosphere on board,’ says Ari Lehtoranta, evp major projects, KONE. The elevators represent the new generation KONE People Flow Solutions dedicated to cruise ships.

AIDAblu fitted with ALMACO food handling systems

AIDAblu fitted with ALMACO food handling systems

ALMACO has also delivered food handling systems to the previous three AIDA newbuilds and is contracted to work on the next two newbuilds, due in 2011 and 2012.

The six-ship order encompassed the supply and installation of galleys, pantries and provisions stores. The galleys and pantries occupy a total area of 2,000sq mtr and comprise three big galley areas and 24 pantries for bars and cabin service for passengers and crew. ALMACO's scope also included the supply and installation of foundations and stainless steel ceiling and wall panels on a complete-system basis, in accordance with USPH policies.

Additionally, ALMACO supplied 34 provision stores including walk-ins and dry stores on board each ship, occupying a floor area of 950sq mtr. When necessary, fire hinged or sliding doors were fitted to the stores. These insulated doors comply with fire and insulation requirements in a single unit, eliminating the need to fit two adjacent doors to provide fire protection and temperature insulation, ALMACO said.

Prinsendam gains 21 staterooms

Prinsendam gains 21 staterooms

The work is part of the line’s multi-year $535m ‘Signature of Excellence’ program.

The new staterooms, most with verandahs, were added to the aft section of the 1988-built Prinsendam. Pool deck space was enlarged, with seating added, and the ship gained a sea-view bar. Several lounges and other public areas received new carpeting, and the Wajang Theatre and Culinary Arts Center were updated with furniture and carpeting in warm, light colors.

Other standard maintenance and technical service was carried out along with upgrades of laundry and galley equipment.

Fifteen of the new staterooms are deluxe verandahs and six are standard insides. As with all Prinsendam accommodations, appointments include Mariner Dream Beds, 250-count linens, newly redesigned closet space, elegant bathrooms with Elemis amenities, flat panel televisions and DVD players.

Last week the ship embarked on a 70-day ‘South America Explorer Grand Voyage,’ to be followed by a 54-day ‘Quest of the Argonauts’ sailing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale to the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Hempel expands R&D Centre in Barcelona

Hempel expands R&D Centre in Barcelona

Hempel’s facility in Polinyà (Barcelona) previously focused on developing the company’s range of antifouling coatings and developing products for Spanish customers. Now, after a €2m expansion project, the R&D Centre will be able to apply its knowledge to support European businesses with protective, decorative and yacht coatings developed specifically to meet European and country legislation.

Hempel also has R&D Centres in China, Korea, Singapore, Bahrain, Denmark, Germany and the US.

Wilhelmsen’s updated range of pool chemicals making a splash

Wilhelmsen’s updated range of pool chemicals making a splash

Philip Bannerman, regional sales director of Wilhelmsen Ships Service comments, ‘These contracts represent our first significant sales since we recently updated our range of pool & spa chemicals.’

The new chemicals will be delivered from various stocking locations throughout Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s global network. First deliveries will commence in early 2010.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has carried a range of pool & spa products for many years. Ryan Bishop, cruise segment manager of Wilhelmsen Ships Service explains ‘Compliance with the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) is an important part of fleet operations in the cruise industry and the primary objective of our pool & spa program is to assist our customers with meeting their obligations.’

Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies Unitor marine products, technical services, ships agency services and maritime logistics.