Pleidered delivers wooden finishing elements for the largest cruise ships in the world
On 7th May, the youngest and at the same time the largest Aida ship was christened in the Hamburg port. AIDAprima, which can accommodate 3,300 passengers, is the 8th cruise ship of the AIDA Cruises fleet whose interior was fitted out using Pfleiderer materials.
MS Koningsdam and Harmony of the Seas, in which Pfleiderer products were used in all 2,700 cabins and common areas, will put to sea almost at the same time. Harmony of the Seas, flying the flag of Royal Caribbean, is the largest passenger ship in the world. It can hold as many as 6,410 passengers at the same time.
20 different Pfleiderer products were used to fit out AIDAprima.
— We are proud to be able to participate in the creation of such spectacular ships and their interiors — says Guido Alrich, who is responsible for cooperation with the shipbuilding industry at Pfleiderer. — It is possible only thanks to close cooperation with large shipyards like the Meyer shipyards in Papenburg and the Finnish city of Turku, STX in France, the Italian Fincantieri or the Japanese Mitsubishi. There may be no statistics or surveys, but on the basis of many large projects that we have worked on, it can be said that Pfleiderer is probably the most popular provider of wood-based materials and HPL laminates in the shipbuilding industry — adds Alrich.
A line of products for use in the open sea
This considerable interest in Pfleiderer products is, among other things, the effect of the company’s decision to create a line of products intended for engineers and architects from the shipbuilding industry — from conventional chipboards pressed under high pressure to fire-resistant vermiculite boards. All these materials are certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). They are exceptionally well-suited for use in the open sea and at the same time feature interesting designs.
Most products intended for the shipbuilding industry can be freely combined in terms of structure and decor design by choosing from over 300 patterns and the 17 textures offered by Pfleiderer. Particularly Royal Caribbean designers made use of this remarkably wide choice, using 40 different Pfleiderer solutions in their designs of furniture and wall coverings for Harmony of the Seas. Depending on the application, they selected pressed particle board, coated particle board, wood fibre board or composite structures as the base material.
Holidays all year round
20 various products were used in the design of AIDAprima. Designers selected whitened oak, which is complemented by colours in sunny, sandy shades, for cabin interiors. — It’s a good choice — says Guido Alrich. — Light wood and colours make rooms seem more spacious. Such a combination brings to mind idyllic Mediterranean holidays.
Another modern solution is a retractable membrane dome. — It is almost invisible from the outside and spreads over common board areas — says Guido Alrich. — Thanks to this, holidays on AIDAprima last all year round.