Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

1 2 0 V IEWPOINT An essential partner By Mark Henderson, Magicman Magicman’s repair and restoration services can help cruise and ferry operators to preserve the original designs of their interior spaces and keep their vessels in pristine condition D esigns are plans or specifications that detail how to construct an object or space. The design must fulfil certain criteria and may take into account aesthetic, functional, economic, or sociopolitical considerations. Cruise ship design is bespoke to an individual – or class – of vessel and is tailored to the expected clientele. From the shape of the hull to the superstructure and individual interior spaces, designers must meticulously consider every detail of the vessel to ensure that it meets expectations in terms of aesthetics, functionality and performance, and that everything integrates together seamlessly. Designers use different colours, substrates, textures, shapes and more to distinguish between interior spaces, but all designs follow a similar route from conception to completion. First, designers develop their ideas and then select materials and assess both their aesthetic appeal and their suitability for the intended environment. Next, the components of the design are manufactured, distributed and installed onboard the vessels. Then comes ongoing maintenance and repair. Often, the aforementioned characteristics of a design can be at odds with maritime requirements. A ship is a moving object and operating in certain conditions can cause stresses and vibrations that may not have been considered during the design phase. Similarly, the methods of construction, material selection or installation can introduce unanticipated consequences – for example, joining two surfaces with different characteristics together may cause problems. Regardless of how carefully an interior space is designed, its components A before and after shot of a brass rail that Magicman repaired and restored on a passenger ship