Cruise Ship Roller Shutters at TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff
Over the last five years HVP have had the contract for the roller shutters on all the 5 star cruise ships of TUI Cruises owned Mein Schiff.
We have worked on some amazing projects over the years but this contract is going to take some beating.
Because lets face it, not everyone gets excited about shutters. But unfortunately it's an occupational hazard here at HVP ;-)
However, roller shutters do not have to be drab or dreary and we are doing our best to give them a better reputation.
Types of shutters for the cruise ships
For the 'Mein Schiff' series cruise ships, we supplied two types of shutters. Firstly, the Facade transparent polycarbonate shutter, a transparent security shutters with superior visibility and exceptional strength. And secondly, the Armourshield Roller Grille, which offers tough security with good visibility and airflow. Here we take a look at the Armourshields installed at the ships.
From drawing to shutter
The cruise ships are completely refurbished on a standard schedule, and at that time the shutters are changed as well. We work together with the shipyard and create drawings to the specifications they supply.
Extra support for sea journeys
These cruise-ships travel the whole world, going on extended journeys, visiting the Carribean, the America's, Europe, the Orient and Asia. So they are built to the highest standards and need to be able to withstand any kind of weather they may encounter.
Therefore, in addition to the normal safety features such as safety brakes, the shutters also receive extra support at the time of installation. Also see the anatomy of a roller shutter for more information.
Open space for visibility and airflow
Our shutters are used in the on-board shoping centre to close off the shops outside of opening hours. The Armourshield's design gives lots of open space and airflow, which creates the right ambiance for the ships' shopping arcades.
Armourshield grilles are available in various configurations, and the shipyard chose the o-ring setup which creates a nice balanced pattern.
We're proud that our shutters were chosen for some of the world's largest cruise ships. Watch the video below to get a sense for the scale of these boats.