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Bolidt secures contract for Viking Ocean's newbuilds

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems has secured the contract as exclusive partner to Viking Ocean Cruises for the supply of decking and flooring.  The contract covers Viking Star, the first vessel due for delivery in 2015 and its sister ship, Viking Sky, scheduled for delivery in 2016, as well as options on a further two vessels.

“Viking Cruises has a long tradition of working with Bolidt through our extensive ‘Longship’ river cruise program,” says Richard Goodwin, Vice President – Engineering, Viking Cruises.  “Bolidt has shown a willingness to adapt to our requirements and has always provided a quality product, and for this reason we are happy to continue this relationship on our new fleet of luxury cruise ships currently building in Italy.”

Viking is renowned within the river cruise sector, where it has experienced unprecedented expansion over the past few years. Its decisive move into the ocean cruise market will build on the same attention to ship design, itinerary, privileged access excursions and on-board experiences for a discerning clientele. The fleet will be comfortable, state–of-the-art ships that are intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced naval architects and designers to enrich the passengers’ interaction with their destinations in every way.  

The interior design of Viking Star, from London-based SMC Design and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios, offers a modern and contemporary feel. Bolidt’s products lend themselves perfectly to delivering this vision. The Dutch flooring and decking specialist offer flexible systems that can be used within many different design frameworks and yet still meet requirements in terms of cost, ease of maintenance and environmental protection.  

Bolideck® Future Teak, an environmentally-friendly, slip-resistant and cost-effective alternative to traditional teak will feature in the ‘Wintergarden’ as well as on all outdoor decks, balconies and terraces.  The choice of this sustainable product supports the overall environmentally-conscious design of the 47,800 dwt vessel, which will feature a hydro-dynamically streamlined hull and bow and be fitted with energy-efficient engines to maximise fuel efficiency. The vessel will also feature equipment to minimise exhaust pollution.

Bolideck® Select Soft will be used for areas such as the sportsdeck and jogging track. This system has been specifically developed for its excellent sound attenuation qualities, combined with ease of maintenance and durability. Bolideck® Select Soft provides a safe surface that is extremely comfortable, even when barefoot.

“Bolidt has delivered its decking solutions to some of the highest profile cruise ship operators in the industry and is extremely pleased to be selected to partner Viking as they extend their business into the ocean cruise sector," says Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt Director Maritime Division.

Saint-Gobain to unveil many new products at SMM 2014

Exhibiting during the last 10 years in Hamburg at SMM, once again in Hall B5, Saint-Gobain will be presenting many new products with their Light Weight, Energy Saving construction materials with added Safety and Comfort. Saint-Gobain Marine Applications founded in 2003 is a consortium of seven international renowned Saint- Gobain companies: Isover, Weber, Vetrotech-Kinon, Sully, Gyproc, Optimera and Brødrene Dahl. Specialists in the field of glazing, insulation, flooring, interior finishing, interior boards, valves, pipes, fittings and more.

On Thursday 11th September visitors will be able to meet a special guest. Mr. Åge Skinstad. Head of the cross country division of the Norwegian Ski Federation since 2006. Mr. Skinstad is also a well-known expert sports commentator on Norwegian national television. Present on the stand and ready to explain how excellent team work leads to being an expert and to winning medals.

Saint-Gobain global team of experts provides architects, EPC’s, designers, owners and administrative authorities with a wide selection of innovative products and services for the construction or renovation of ships and platforms. ”The Saint-Gobain solutions are actually a way of `downsizing ́ as presently done in the car industry, these construction solutions offer significant weight saving and still a great freedom in design”, says renowned designer Steen Friis Hansen of Steen Friis Design in Denmark.

SMM Exhibition, Hamburg September 9 – 12, 2014. Hall B5 Stand nr. 406

Deerberg-Systems sets the course for the future of waste management of cruise ships

With a Round Table discussion in Hamburg Deerberg-Systems is taking the lead in addressing the questions of tomorrow gathering cruise lines, ship yards, ports and disposal companies. Parliamentary State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer underlines the importance of the topic for the industry in his greeting words, "protecting our marine environment requires the coaction of all stakeholders in the maritime industry. I therefore warmly welcome the Deerberg-Systems initiative to bring experts of shipping companies, waste management companies, ports, and shipyards together in one place to jointly discuss new shipbuilding concepts and how to make the operation of vessels more environmentally friendly. Previous workshops organised by Deerberg-Systems in Miami in 1992 and Hamburg in 2002, have already provided important recommendations. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy contributes to achieving these environmental goals by implementing programs such as the “Maritime Technologies of the next Generation” as part of its research funding. In addition, programs run by the KfW banking group facilitate the financing of environmental investments in shipyards and ships."

Jochen Deerberg, Owner & CEO of Deerberg-Systems sets the stage for the discussion in his introduction outlining that today´s environmental consciousness, legislation, ship owners own initiatives and further developed technology induce the ship owners and shipyards to install a high standard, sustainable and flexible Waste Management Systems on board. "A cruise ship will be operating for 30 to 40 years and must be totally flexible in handling the Waste Management Process onboard. With the new level of our DEERBERG MULTI PURPOSE WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FLEX (MPWMS® FLEX) a ship is able to operate and combine 3 basic scenarios to address these needs," Deerberg refers to his newest and most flexible technology. Based on a 3.000 pax ship the new system could save 2.700 tons CO2, 720 trees or supply energy for 180 family homes each year, lowering the operating costs by 100.000 Euro.

Addressing the environmental needs is a challenge and a chance for the industry. That is the main message from the discussion among cruise lines, ship yards, ports and recycling companies. Monika Griefahn, Chief Sustainability Officer at Germany’s AIDA Cruises refers to actions already taken by AIDA on ships like AIDAmar: "AIDA has joint forces with Deerberg at an early stage to develop a single line incinerator instead of two, gaining space to add additional recycling and storage components." Build at Papenburg’s Meyer Werft the ship for AIDA Cruises were one of the first to address the needs of the future. "We are happy to have such strong suppliers in our backyard giving us the power to be a market leader in the cruise industry," says Ralf Sempf, Supply Chain Manager at Meyer Werft. On the land side ports and recycling companies in Germany are ready to take their part in the process. “In the past years we invested in logistics and infrastructure of our port and with our new cruise terminal to be completed in 2015 we will set new standards", outlines Wolfgang Hurtienne, Managing Director at Hamburg Port Authority. Hamburg is ready for the new system options and recyclers like the Eckelmann-Gruppe are welcoming the extensive options for efficient sorting onboard. "Clean sorted materials are the base for a better recycling on land and can even generate revenue for the cruise lines," underlines Christoph Buss in his comments.

Trimline appoints Andrew Richards as new CEO

Trimline, Southampton-based marine interior refurbishment specialist, has appointed Andrew Richards as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Richards, currently Group Key Account Director at Survitec Group Ltd, will take up his post at Trimline on the 7 August and his role will see him strategically lead the company through the biggest development phase in its history as Trimline prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Trimline has undergone its largest expansion in recent years with 12 new vacancies created within the last year alone and the number of employees reaching 100. Turnover at the company has now exceeded £20 million and this is anticipated to increase to £30 million within the next five years.

Gary Oliver, Managing Director at Trimline Ltd, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to Trimline. With 21 years of experience within the marine industry, his knowledge will help Trimline continue to expand and manage its growing portfolio of ship maintenance and projects whilst providing direction and leadership to our ever-expanding staff.”

Andrew Richards said: “I am thrilled to be joining Trimline at such an exciting stage in its development. The opportunity to work within an innovative, forward-thinking company is one that I am very much looking forward to and I look forward to developing established relationships with Trimline’s staff and partners.”

The move to expand the company comes after the addition of an electrical and catering department in 2013 to bring more expertise in-house and increase the support offered to partners. Tony Body has also been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Site Projects to help position the company for further growth.

Trimline has managed a number of large-scale refurbishment projects in the last year including: Red Falcon for Red Funnel and Isle of Wight Ferries, Star Pride for Windstar Cruises, Ben My Chree for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, HMA Scott and RFA Fort Victoria for the Ministry of Defence, Thomson Dream for Thomson Cruises, Queen Mary 2 for Cunard and the luxury yacht MY Shemara.

Roxtec decides on further investments and R&D

Global cable and pipe transit provider Roxtec paves the way for its continuous growth within several industries throughout the world. “New materials will help us widen our offer to existing customers, conquer new markets and keep our position as market leader,” says Ola Weidenberg, Executive Vice President Global Products and Marketing.

Therefore, Roxtec will already during the upcoming twelve months create a first class material laboratory at the headquarters in Karlskrona, Sweden. The company will invest in new equipment as well as in the recruitment of highly skilled staff within materials engineering and chemistry. The idea is to develop and complement the rubber compounds primarily used in Roxtec sealing solutions today by, for example, light-weight composite materials. Roxtec, which was awarded the Grand Export Prize in Sweden in 2010, aims for further growth.

“We are globally recognized as sealing experts,” says Ola Weidenberg. “If we increase research and learn even more about rubber and composites we will be able to develop our offer within electrical safety as well as fire and explosion protection. When you work with safety, there are always new challenges to deal with, such as high temperatures, high pressure, chemicals, and, of course, oil.

Investing for the future

Roxtec dominates the global market when it comes to modular-based cable and pipe seals. The management wants to use this number one position wisely in order to give Roxtec every possibility to both maintain and increase its lead. “We are the only ones in the business who can rapidly adapt our flexible standard products to meet customer needs and requirements,” says Ola Weidenberg.

Viking Star