BLÜCHER lands big order in Japan
Two new cruise ships for AIDA Cruises are to be fitted with complete BLÜCHER drainage systems. With this order, BLÜCHER has managed to further strengthen its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of stainless steel drainage systems for passenger ships.
The largest AIDA cruise ships ever built
The Japanese shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been chosen to construct the two passenger ships for the Carnival Corporation & plc’s cruise brand AIDA. Each ship will have a total capacity of 5,112 people and a gross tonnage of 125,000, making them the largest ever constructed for AIDA Cruises.
The ships mark a return to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Carnival Corporation & plc since the construction of two ships for Princess Cruises in 2004. Carnival Corporation & plc is the world’s largest cruise vacation group. Their portfolio includes 10 cruise brands operating in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, including Princess Cruises and AIDA Cruises. Together the group operates 101 ships with 10 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2012 and 2016.
Dedicated service secures the order
The choice of BLÜCHER for the complete drainage system was based on the company’s dedicated service and support as well as BLÜCHER’s strong market position and performance in previous projects. Furthermore, BLÜCHER was able to meet Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ exacting standards for stock and production capacity, quality and security of supply. The same criteria that secured BLÜCHER the award for Partner of the Year from German cruise line shipyard, Meyer Werft.
For BLÜCHER the order is the result of one and a half years work, including meetings with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki and Hamburg as well as visits to BLÜCHER’s head office and factory in Denmark. The first BLÜCHER push-fit drainage system has been scheduled to be delivered in January 2013.