JULY 11, 2012 — Six 190 passenger Longship Class river cruise ship newbuildings ordered from German shipbuilder Neptun Werft by Viking River Cruises are to have Future Teak decking systems from Bolidt.
Bolidt is installing Future Teak on all cabin balconies and verandas, and in forward lounge decks (indoors and outdoors), the embarkation decks and shuffleboard areas on the top decks, and on staircases and main entrances. Its inclusion is part of the owner's commitment to environmental ship design: the Longship class ships are fitted with hybrid diesel engines, for example.
"Future Teak fitted in perfectly with the overall philosophy," says Jacco Van Overbeek, Bolidt Director, Shipbuilding.
The material is synthetic and replicates the look and feel of traditional teak decks, but is ecologically more responsible.
"In addition Future Teak is able to offer the owner significant benefits in terms of weight savings, reduced installation time and easier onboard maintenance," says Mr. van Overbeek.
Bolidt Future Teak is being installed on the Viking River Cruises vessels by the Dutch company's team of craftsmen, typically working in teams of 4-6 at the Neptun Werft shipyard.
"There are greater challenges in working on such vessels when compared with cruise ships, as a lot of contractors work in relatively tight spaces at the same time," Mr. Van Overbeek observes. "The fact that we have our own installation team is making this process easier and ensures quality control."