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Friday, November 13, 2020 

Dutch flooring and decking company Bolidt reports a resumption of cruise newbuild and refit activities as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given the green light for a phased resumption of passenger ship operations.

Several cruise operators are now planning to relaunch in December, while others are set to follow in early 2021, meaning that planned renewal and construction projects placed on hold at the height of the pandemic are under way again.

Jacco van Overbeek, Director Maritime, Bolidt, said: “Initially, the coronavirus outbreak had an impact on our work in the cruise sector. But ever since the cruise lines began preparing for a new chapter, our expertise has remained in high demand: operators in various segments of the sector and from around the world have continued to discuss projects with us, and we are working hard to support their ambitions.”

Bolidt will soon begin refit works on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Breakaway and Getaway, scheduled in drydock early next year - to follow current refit of Epic, all of which are taking place in Marseille - and have recently completed projects with Marella Cruises’ Discovery and Marella Explorer 2. However,  the majority of ongoing contracts, explains van Overbeek, have involved newbuilds, including expedition ships, luxury passenger ships and river cruise vessels.

“In the expedition segment, we have completed the first of two orders for Lindblad Expeditions, supplying the sustainable Bolideck Future Teak for all outdoor decks,” said Van Overbeek. Future Teak will also feature on a series of luxury polar expedition ships from Portuguese company Mystic Cruises. “We supplied 2019’s World Explorer and will deliver the same system to its four sister ships, the first of which has just been delivered, and the second scheduled for completion early next year.”

Elsewhere, Bolidt’s supply of solutions to the new SunStone expedition vessel Ocean Explorer was its first project involving a newbuild passenger ship in China. Installation work on Explorer’s sister ship Odyssey will begin shortly. Bolidt has supplied the recently completed Saga Spirit of Adventure with Bolideck Future Teak, Select Hard and Select Soft.

“We are delivering the same products to the innovative MSC Virtuosa, as well as to Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas, currently under construction.  Following this, we will be working on the world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, which is due for delivery next year," said Van Overbeek.

“We installed Bolidt solutions on a number of recently delivered vessels in Viking’s Longships and Seine fleets, and we will now provide decking for two more Viking vessels due to be constructed in Alexandria, Egypt for the Egyptian market,” Van Overbeek added.

The Bolidt Innovation Center remained open throughout the pandemic, allowing cruise owners to pay virtual visits and collaborate with Bolidt experts.

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