Bolidt Launches Glow-in-the-Dark Deck Product

Glow in the Dark DeckingBolidt, a supplier of cruise ship decking, has launched what it is calling a "unique and world-first glow-in-the-dark decking solution" for cruise ships. 

The product is Bolideck Glow and is being launched following a two-year research and development project at Bolidt's Henrik Ido Ambacht innovation center, according to a statement from the company.

The new product can be integrated into theBolideck Select and Bolideck Future Teak decking systems the company offers. 

Jacco Van Overbeek, Director, Maritime Division, Bolidt, explained: "We are the first company in the world to develop a luminous decking material for the cruise industry. Bolideck Glow is another example of the way Bolidt allows ship designers greater scope to create exciting new concepts that can be installed within any pattern they have in mind. Now, they can extend their thinking to take in the effects luminous flooring can create in the dark."

The product will be featured aboard the new Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships being built at STX France, according to Bolidt.

The company said: "RCI will fit the material on both Harmony of the Seas before the end of 2017, plus on the fourth ship in the Oasis class – likely to be named Symphony of the Seas and due for delivery in Spring 2018 from STX France. In both cases, the product will be installed in a 350m2 area to add the ‘wow’ factor for cruisers at the top of the 10-deck ‘Ultimate Abyss’ slide, which will also be used in the dark."

Bolideck Glow offers energy efficiency savings by reducing lighting requirements, said the company. 

According to a statement, when the product is used outside it can also harvest energy, storing solar energy generated by day that can be converted into exterior lighting at night.

“RCI’s request for a glow in the dark material has coincided with our development of Bolideck Glow,” added Van Overbeek. “This demonstrates how our long-term customers look to us for new decking solutions, while our continuous development program means we are ready to respond. It’s perfect timing, and highlights how we can help designers to convert the wishes of owners into new concepts and innovative features."

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