TTS to provide further access equipment to TUI Cruises
5 March 2015
After successful design and delivery of access solutions for cruise vessels Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4, TTS Marine AB has won repeat orders to equip German TUI Cruises’ next two newbuildings with state-of-the-art solutions for cargo handling and crew and passenger access.
When leading German cruise liner TUI Cruises embarked upon its newbuilding programme in 2012, they and former STX Finland, today Meyer Turku, chose Swedish TTS Marine AB to design, fabricate and install access equipment for the 99,500 GT cruise ship Mein Schiff 3. TUI Cruises targets customers who opt for premium cruise experiences.
Mein Schiff 3 and 4 were also built at the same yards in Turku, and deliveries from TTS included shell doors, platforms, covers, elevators and gangways as well as luggage and provision side loading systems. Mein Schiff 3 entered service in May last year and Mein Schiff 4 will take its place in TUI Cruises’ fleet this spring.
Now, TTS Marine AB is executing repeat orders to equip Mein Schiff 5 and 6, to be built at Meyer Turku, with similar equipment solutions. The vessels are due for delivery to their owner in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
“We are pleased to be chosen to provide access equipment also for the next two flagships of the TUI Cruises fleet, and take this as a confirmation that the customer is satisfied with the solutions we developed for the first two ships,” says Mats Olsson, Sales Manager Cruise at TTS.
Among other features, these vessels are equipped with a newly developed telescopic aluminium gangway. This is an easy-to-install-and-operate system that both saves space and makes passenger access more flexible as it can be used as both an on-board gangway and give access from the terminal through the very same passenger door.
“I believe that our main asset in addition to our technological knowhow is our capacity to diversify our product portfolio and to respond quickly to the industry’s demand for smarter and more energy-efficient solutions. Among other features, we have developed all-electric solutions for cruise doors, responding to the industry’s clear commitment to cleaner operations in environmentally sensitive areas,” says Olsson.