The key to secure locks on cruise ships and ferries

Antti Marine is improving safety on passenger ships with its online door-locking system and e-hinges

The key to secure locks on cruise ships and ferries

This article was first published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Spring/Summer 2019 issue of International Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

Antti Marine has been supplying doors for various industries – including the cruise, ferry and offshore sectors – since 1992 and now has a wealth of experience in this area. Recently, the company has built on its expertise to develop an online solution for locking ship doors. This kind of lock system was first installed on an Antti door on AIDA Cruises’ AIDAstella in 2013 and five years later, has become a standard feature. However, offline locking is an available option.

Doors are equipped with the online locking system during the final stages of assembly. The system connects the physical door lock to a lock system interface and infrastructure through an ethernet cable. The most visible difference between an online and offline door is the cable cover between the door and its frame. However, the most important feature of the online system is that it provides greater flexibility and increases locking safety.

Antti Marine is working on creating a less visible cable connection between the door and frame, using its e-hinge system, a door hinge that is able to transfer electricity and data. This new system has already passed the EN1935 test for hinges and is currently going through its final tests. The e-hinge is expected to be on the market by the end of 2019.

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Tuesday, May 28, 2019