Dutch synthetic applications specialist Bolidt is launching an antimicrobial flooring system to improve hygiene on passenger ships
The antimicrobial material is applied as a coating to the Bolideck 525 decking used for indoor spaces on passenger ships.
The coronavirus pandemic has made hygiene on board passenger vessels -- already a focus for the sector -- a cause of even greater concern. Bolidt maritime division director Jacco van Overbeek said in light of the global health crisis, the antimicrobial floor cover, originally designed for use in kitchens and hospitals, has been considered for cruise vessels.
“We had never considered it for marine applications simply because it did not seem necessary. Now the pandemic has heightened awareness on cruise ship hygiene, and we have a product ready to go that could be of great help to cruise lines.”
YSA Design senior architecht Georg Piantino has proposed applying the antimicrobial decking as part of a ‘hybrid flooring’ concept.
The hybrid floor comprises a layer of carpet fitted on top of the Bolideck 525 system with antimicrobial coating. In the event of a future outbreak, the carpet can be stripped away to reveal the safety markers underneath, also activating the solution’s hygienic and bactericidal properties.
The cast deck finishing system also can be designed to incorporate safety messaging including markers for social distancing or lights indicating the direction in which passengers should queue when boarding.
Commenting on the challenge of balancing a safe environment and maintaining the luxury experience that customers have come to expect of the cruise sector, Mr Piantino said “Certain spaces on board a cruise vessel require plush carpeting to create that luxurious feel, but passenger ships will have to be flexible when they set sail again. With the hygiene of Bolidt’s antimicrobial technology, social distance signage and the elegance of a fine carpet, hybrid flooring is the perfect example of how vessels can adapt to changing requirements. It will allow a luxury suite to be transformed into a medical area, for instance, in a short space of time and with minimal disruption.”
Bolidt said cruise operators and interior designers have expressed interest in the antimicrobial decking.