The vessels, which are owned by MSC Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines, are currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. They are to be ready to commence sailing in 2018.
- These are large vessels Infratek will be supplying with photoluminescent escape guidance systems. In fact, this is the third-largest order InfraGlow has received for cruise ships via our agent in Trieste, relates Bjørn Geeves, Project Manager at InfraGlow.
Delivery of the escape guidance system for the two ships is scheduled to start at the beginning of June. Infratek is a full-service supplier of low-placed, photoluminescent, visual escape guidance systems and tactile systems. All products are marketed under the name of InfraGlow.
A growing sector
InfraGlow has been focusing on the maritime sector for many years. The last orders the company received were for the P&O Cruise flagship M/S Britannia, and for the passenger ferry Cap Finistère.
- We have recently completed the project planning and installation of photoluminescent escape guidance systems on board the Cap Finistère, which is owned by Brittany Ferries. It was an exciting and successful project, says Bjørn Geeves, who has 20 years of experience in the cruise sector himself.
The cruise and ferry industry is growing strongly, with the emphasis increasingly on large and specialised vessels.
- We have noted a remarkable upturn in construction activity in the maritime sector. Owners are focusing heavily on cruise ships and cruise holidays all over the world, from Asia to the Arctic region. Infratek is keen to be a significant supplier of escape guidance systems to the industry, both in Norway and abroad, he continues.
Infratek at Nor-Shipping
Nor-Shipping, the Norwegian trade fair for shipping, is considered one of the most significant and best-known events in the world for the seafaring industry. From 30 May to 2 June, Infratek will be showcasing its products at the trade fair in Lillestrøm.
- In partnership with Lyngsaa AS, we will be presenting light fittings and photoluminescent signs for the maritime sector. In addition, we will be demonstrating Infratek’s advanced skills in the field of thermal imaging. This is an area we already work in onshore, but which we are interested in expanding to include seagoing vessels as well, explains Bjørn Geeves.