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Trade press release

MacGREGOR extends RoRo conversion references in Asia

5/10/2002

Ferry passenger services elevated

Cruiseferry elevator references for MacGREGOR Passenger Ship division include a set of six for Aker Finnyards latest delivery, Tallink 40,000gt Romantika

Some 80 per cent of the world cruise ship fleet is equipped with MacGREGOR products, but the Group Passenger Ship division is also market leader for elevators and escalators in the demanding passenger ferry sector. Just as it does with cruise ship projects, MacGREGOR can guarantee optimum passenger flow efficiency backed by proven technical performance. The division specialists work alongside ferry owners and operators to develop optimum solutions for passenger flow from the earliest newbuilding planning stages onwards.

MacGREGOR supplied three passenger elevators and three service units for Tallink 40,000gt Romantika (NB 433). The 2,500-passenger cruiseferry was floated in Aker Finnyards graving dock on December 14, and is scheduled for handover in May. Special attention was paid to passenger comfort and luxury when designing the vessel, and the interiors are of cruise liner standard.

The three passenger elevators are each sized for 16 people or a maximum load of 1,200kg. Two of them link seven decks through an operating height of 18m with the third linking five decks through 12.3m. Operating speeds for all elevators is 1.0m/sec.

One of the three service/crew elevators is a similarly size to the passenger units, while the other two are slightly larger with a 20-person/1,500kg capacity. The smaller service elevator serves nine decks through an operating height of 18.5m, and the larger pair of elevators serve eight and four decks through operating heights of 21.3m and 24.1m respectively.

Repeat orders

Aker Finnyards previous two passenger ferry deliveries also benefit from MacGREGOR elevator outfits. SeaFrance's 34,000gt RoRo passenger ferry SeaFrance Rodin features a set of eight elevators. Three are passenger units, four are for service duties, and the other one is for crew use. All are of the geared traction type with a high operating speed of 1.6m/sec.

Irish Ferries 50,000gt RoPax newbuilding Ulysses features a package of six elevators: one scenic and three traditional passenger elevators, and two service units. All have a travelling speed of 1.0 m/s.

All the elevators on these three ships benefit from KONE TMS 600 intelligent microprocessor-based control system. The TMS 600 control system constantly monitors car positions, loads, direction of motion and call demands. It then provides optimum car operation for maximum efficiency in passenger movements.