5,000 km of cables for the largest cruise ship ever, “Oasis of the Seas”
“Oasis of the Seas”, the largest and most revolutionary cruise liner in history, built by the international shipbuilding group STX Europe for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will be unveiled today in Florida, USA. Prysmian Cables & Systems has been the only supplier of approximately 5,000 km of energy and telecommunications shipboard cables.
Furthermore, Prysmian has been awarded by STX Europe another contract for the delivery of 100% of the marine cables to be installed on the “ Oasis of the Seas” sister ship, “ Allure of the Seas”, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean, as well. “Allure of the Seas” is currently being built at STX Europe's shipyards in Turku, Finland. The new agreement, which represents the second step of the GENESIS Cruise Vessel project, covers the supply of power and telecommunication cables for a total value of approximately € 4.5 million. Most of the supplied cables are manufactured at Prysmian’s Pikkala facility in Finland, but also in Italy and Germany.
With a 360 meters length, a 47 m breadth, 16 decks and a 220,000 t gross tonnage, the GENESIS vessels have a capacity of 5,400 passengers and over 3,000 crew, each. “ Oasis of the Seas” will start sailing in December 2009 and “Allure of the Seas” will set out to sea in the summer of 2010. The ships are 40% bigger than the largest cruise liner series currently existing: the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom class cruisers, again with Prysmian as cables supplier.
"Prysmian is very proud of having been awarded 100% of the cable supply for both GENESIS Vessels”, said Mario Pedretti, Business Unit Director for Industrial Markets at Prysmian Headquarters. "This second project confirms our strong commitment to STX Europe and to the shipbuilding market in general, especially given the current highly challenging times".
Prysmian manufactures marine cables in 7 different countries (Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland, Turkey, China and Brazil) and offers a complete range of advanced shipboard products, which include medium and low voltage power cables, instrumentation, control and telecommunication cables, in both standard and fire resistant versions.