Dutch marine deck and floorings specialist Bolidt has added the award-winning cruise ferry Stavangerfjord to its growing list of passenger ship references. The Fjord Line ship was delivered by the Bergen Group Fosen yard in Norway.
The environmentally-friendly vessel is the first cruise ferry to be powered purely by LNG, and its major contribution to energy efficiency was recognised at Nor-Shipping in Oslo in June with the first Energy Efficiency Award.
Bolidt’s innovative, lightweight decking systems are making a direct contribution to Stavangerfjord’s fuel-saving attributes. Decks 7, 9 and 10 – the top deck – include Bolidt decking on both external and interior areas, in the form of Bolideck® Future Teak, Bolideck ® Select Soft and Bolideck ® Select Soft Teak Effect.
Bolideck® Future Teak is a sustainable, lightweight and highly cost-effective alternative to teak, with the added advantage of reduced installation time. It is safe in both wet and dry conditions and is a popular choice for environmentally-conscious shipowners.
Bolideck® Select Soft has been developed for its excellent sound attenuation qualities. It is increasingly being specified for use onboard passenger ships which have specific sound requirements, particularly for areas above cabins. Bolideck® Select Soft Teak Effect’s durable teak-like finish is anti-skid without being rough-textured and it is easy to clean.
Bolidt was chosen for the Stavangerfjord by Oslo-based project architect Falkum-Hansen Design. “Our products were selected not just for their design and appearance, but for their excellent properties in terms of durability, low weight and low maintenance, ” says Jacco van Overbeek, Director Shipping Division.
“Bolidt products fitted perfectly with the vessel’s overall design ethos. As well as the contribution made to saving fuel by the light weight of our decking systems, using Future Teak avoids environmentally harmful deforestation. Every project is significant for Bolidt, but we are very happy to be part of the ‘prize-winning’ success story.”
The 170m long Stavangerfjord entered service in early July, connecting Bergen and Stavanger and on to Hirtshals in Denmark. A flexible interior design provides capacity for 1, 500 passengers and 600 vehicles, while 306 cabins offer first class accommodation.
Bolidt is to supply the same decking materials to a sistership, Bergensfjord, which is under construction at Bergen Group Fosen and is due to be launched towards the end of 2013.