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ANTIMICROBIAL DECKING CLEARS WAY FOR CRUISE RETURN

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 

Synthetic applications specialist Bolidt is launching an antibacterial flooring system to improve hygiene on passenger ships and help to ensure a smooth return to action for the cruise industry.

With cruise owners striving to improve hygiene on board their vessels, ship decking specialist Bolidt can now offer an antimicrobial flooring that will limit the spread of multiresistant bacteria on ships and support the safe and successful return of the cruise industry. Originally designed for use in land-based applications such as hospitals and kitchens, the pioneering technology is bactericidal, hygienic and easy to clean.

Jacco van Overbeek, director of Bolidt’s Maritime Division, said: “Our antimicrobial floor cover has consistently demonstrated its value on land in the healthcare sector. We had never considered it for marine applications simply because it didn’t seem necessary. Now the pandemic has heightened awareness on cruise ship hygiene, and we have a product ready to go that could be of great help to cruise lines.”

The material is applied as a coating to the Bolideck 525 decking used for indoor spaces on passenger ships. The decking can be designed to incorporate safety messaging, which may take the form of static or dynamic signs, such as social-distancing markers or lights indicating the direction in which guests should queue during embarkation. When combined with the hygienic cover, it can minimise the transmission of viruses in addition to bacteria.

Cruise operators and interior designers have already expressed great interest in the antibacterial decking, with Georg Piantino – senior architect at YSA Design, a Bolidt partner – proposing its application as part of a ‘Hybrid Flooring’ concept, comprising a layer of carpet fitted on top of the Bolideck 525 system with antimicrobial coating. In the event of a future outbreak, the carpet would be stripped away to reveal the safety markers underneath and activating the hygienic and bactericidal properties.

Piantino said: “Certain spaces on board a cruise vessel require plush carpeting to create that luxurious feel, but passenger ships will have to be flexible when they set sail again. With the hygiene of Bolidt’s antimicrobial technology, social distance signage and the elegance of a fine carpet, Hybrid Flooring is the perfect example of how vessels can adapt to changing requirements. It will allow a luxury suite to be transformed into a medical area, for instance, in a short space of time and with minimal disruption. Certain spaces on board a cruise vessel require plush carpeting to create that luxurious feel, but passenger ships will have to be flexible when they set sail again.” 
“We are committed to supporting operators through these challenging times,” said Van Overbeek. “At our recently opened Innovation Center, we are researching flooring that helps to reduce viral spread not just through safety messaging but thanks to its truly virucidal characteristics.”

Piantino said: “Certain spaces on board a cruise vessel require plush carpeting to create that luxurious feel, but passenger ships will have to be flexible when they set sail again. With the hygiene of Bolidt’s antimicrobial technology, social distance signage and the elegance of a fine carpet, Hybrid Flooring is the perfect example of how vessels can adapt to changing requirements. It will allow a luxury suite to be transformed into a medical area, for instance, in a short space of time and with minimal disruption. Certain spaces on board a cruise vessel require plush carpeting to create that luxurious feel, but passenger ships will have to be flexible when they set sail again.” 

“We are committed to supporting operators through these challenging times,” said Van Overbeek. “At our recently opened Innovation Center, we are researching flooring that helps to reduce viral spread not just through safety messaging but thanks to its truly virucidal characteristics.”

 

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