155 “ The longer the life of the interior, the less impact it will have on the environment and the total cost” Tapio Sallinen Almaco providing high levels of performance and sustainability. Furniture supplier Shores Global is similarly mindful of the value of material selection in delivering long-lasting and durable onboard interiors. While seeking innovative design and trendsetting pieces, the firm also explores new technologies to improve eco-friendly and strict quality control systems in material selection and manufacturing. Tapio Sallinen, vice president for special projects at Almaco, agrees: “It goes without saying that interior endurance is mostly about the durability of the materials used on a ship. The interiors must be resistant to the effects of daily use and be easy to maintain. “However, the visual style must also stand the test of time, feeling fresh and relevant at least five or ten years after installation. The longer the life of the interior, the less impact it will have on the environment and the total cost.” The marine construction firm provides its customers with maintenance plans for each material’s specific needs, helping to reduce costs and damage to the onboard spaces. Marine outfitter MJM Marine provides similar services, particularly via antimicrobial lighting from its partnership with health technology provider Vyv. The LED light fixtures continuously clean the spaces they illuminate, without the need for harsh chemicals or potentially damaging ultraviolet. “As we are learning, an impactful sustainability programme must go beyond sourcing eco-friendly wall coverings or upholstery to include an effective cleaning strategy,” says Fiona Nevin, head of global business development at MJM Marine. “With our expertise in the outfitting industry, MJM Marine is well-placed to help clients integrate Vyv lighting products into existing spaces on cruise ships or in newbuilds.” Whilst maintaining older areas of a ship, marine outfitter Trimline identifies any high-flow areas and then suggests appropriate durable materials to improve the longevity of the spaces. This can include changing core materials, through to harder wearing finishes such as replacing varnishes for lacquers. A recent example of how Trimline’s suggestions improved the longevity of a space was when they were tasked with replacing a bar front. The team identified that the framework and bar top were nearing the end of their life cycle. By replacing these elements, the entire bar can continue to be used for many years to come.