Bolidt selected to provide solutions for global ferry projects

Bolidt selected to provide solutions for global ferry projects


Bolidt is installing Bolideck 525 finishing system on three new vessels for NYC DOT Staten Island Ferries

Flooring solutions provider Bolidt has been commissioned to provide its decking solutions for several upcoming ferry projects across the world, including work in the USA, Netherlands, Estonia and Turkey.

The New York City Department of Transportation has selected Bolidt to install Bolideck 525 finishing system on three of its new Staten Island ferries following a successful trial. The system has been applied to 4,000 square metres of passenger areas and indoor decks on the first of the double-ended ferries. Installation work will soon begin on the second ship, with the final vessel due for delivery by Eastern Shipbuilding group in 2021.

“This is one of the biggest ferry projects we have worked on in recent years, for one of the most historic and well-known brands in the sector, a true New York icon” said Jacco van Overbeek, director of maritime at Bolidt. “It is also a promising sign of things to come for our operations in the USA as the industry recovers from the pandemic.”

Public transport provider GVB IJ Ferries has commissioned Bolidt for a new order for five fully electric ferries being built at Holland Shipyard Group for routes in Amsterdam, Netherlands, connecting the Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Noord stations. Bolidt will install its Bolideck Select Hard and Boligrip solutions on each ship, which are intended to make the surface suitable for the high foot and bike traffic the ferries will experience.

Bolidt will also install its Bolideck Future Teak synthetic decking and Boliscreed 400 ULW solution on Havila Voyages’ four new coastal ferries. The first two ships were recently launched at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey, and will feature an LNG-powered propulsion system and the world’s largest battery packs.

The company will also supply its flooring solutions for Estonian operator Tallink’s LNG-powered fast ferry, which will operate on the route between Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland. The vessel will also feature Bolideck Future Teak decking.

“Here at Bolidt we continue to be commissioned to supply and refit ferries of all kinds, from small domestic passenger boats to larger sea-going vessels,” said Van Overbeek. “Whether they’re looking to improve sustainability or simply provide a better experience for passengers, owners and designers rely on our 50 years of experience in providing innovative solutions in ship decking.”

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
08 October 2020

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