TUI Cruises’ extensive remodelling of the Mein Schiff now includes easy to clean, ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ GlassTM with high-visibility performance courtesy of Ritec’s unique ClearShield glass surface protection system.
It also means that glass corrosion from harsh sea salts and exhaust fumes as well as general dirt and staining are all easier to remove thanks to the ‘non-stick’ surface. This results in improved visibility, pristine-looking glass and fewer passenger complaints. As the Mein Schiff had been exposed to the harsh marine environment for 14 years, the glass was heavily stained and corroded, reducing visibility, safety and passenger satisfaction.
Previously known as the Galaxy and in service with Celebrity Cruises since 1996, the Mein Schiff has undergone major refurbishment of cabins and on board facilities.
Attempting to maintain unprotected glass to get it as good as new generates high-energy requirements for manpower as well as operation and maintenance of access equipment. It also creates higher consumption of water and cleaning chemicals. Despite best efforts and the amount of time and money spent, satisfactory results still cannot be guaranteed. Therefore instead of carrying out the glass renovation themselves, the crew realised it would be more cost-effective – and better results gained – by calling in Ritec Marine Services, specialists in glass renovation, protection and maintenance for cruise ships and superyachts.
Around 1,800m2 of interior and exterior glass was renovated and converted to ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ GlassTM, including cabin windows, balcony doors and on the bridge. Ritec’s experienced team was able to complete the work in stages during scheduled stops on one of the ship’s round-trip cruises to France, Spain and Italy.
Today, glass onboard the Mein Schiff now requires less frequent cleaning, bringing environmental benefits plus cost and energy savings. ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ Glass GlassTM ensures long term protection against future staining and corrosion from contaminants such as engine exhaust, as well as weathering, general dirt and finger marks.
ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ GlassTM ensures long term protection against future staining and corrosion from contaminants such as engine exhaust, as well as weathering, general dirt and finger marks.
The Staff Captain of the Mein Schiff Jan G. Rautawaara speaks highly of the ClearShield System: “We are impressed. Ritec Marine Services removed all the existing contamination from the glass so it looked as good as new and then protected it with ClearShield, converting it to ‘Non-Stick’ Glass. Proper maintenance is equally essential to keep the windows in a good shape. The glass is now easier to clean, saving us precious water, manpower and time, so lives up to its name! The glass is also easier to see out of, benefiting both passengers and crew.”