After 18 months of intensive work, in April, 2017 the renowned cruise liner company, AmaWaterways, launched its new flagship vessel: the 135 m long AmaKristina, which accommodates 158 guests (in 79 cabins) enjoying luxury cruises along the river Rhine. There is also a solarium available for the guests on the deck of the liner, as well as a fitness centre, a massage area, a beauty salon, a gymnasium and three restaurants.
Mapei products were used to install ceramic tiles and stone slabs in various areas of the liner, such as in the bathrooms, where the substrates of the walls were treated with PRIMER G or ECO PRIM GRIP before bonding 60 x 30 cm ceramic tiles with ULTRAMASTIC 5* adhesive. MAPESIL AC silicone sealant was then used to seal the expansion joints. 30 x 30 cm tiles were chosen, on the other hand, for the floors in the bathrooms. They were installed with ULTRALITE S1 lightweight cementitious adhesive on a screed made from TOPCEM PRONTO pre-blended, ready-to-use mortar, after treating the surfaces with EPORIP epoxy adhesive to ensure a proper bonding of the TOPCEM PRONTO layer to the metal base of the ship. The substrates were waterproofed where required with MAPEGUM WPS and MAPEBAND PE 120.
In the lobby, the lift and on the stairways of the liner, slabs of marble were installed with ELASTORAPID adhesive after treating the substrates with PRIMER G. The slabs joints were then grouted with KERAPOXY CQ and the expansion joints were sealed with MAPESIL LM silicone sealant.
*This product is distributed on the Dutch market by Mapei Nederland B.V.
The Dalmatino, Corona and Casanova yachts
Krilo Jesenice, Croatia
The town of Krilo Jesenice is renowned for its maritime (shipbuilding and navigation) traditions, initially through the dragging of sand from the local river beds and then, since the 1970’s, as a tourist location. Every year, almost 200 boats and ships, and often even luxury yachts, set sail from here and head towards the Dalmatian Islands.
The decks of the yachts used to be made from teak which meant high costs for their upkeep to maintain their condition. More recently, some boats have started to replace them with a Mapei polyurethane-based system which is extremely durable and easier to maintain.
Once the steel substrate has been prepared as specified and then levelled off, the surface is treated with corrosion-resistant polyurethane-based MAPEDECK PRIMER 200. The next step is to install a 5 mm thick layer of MAPEDECK LITESCREED, followed by a coat of MAPEDECK TEAK DESIGN self-levelling resin coating, which has high resistance to moisture and atmo-spheric agents. The seams are filled with MAPEDECK CAULKING aliphatic polyurethane coating and the final finish is achieved by applying MAPEDECK WAX, to guarantee a high visual impact.
Murmansk icebreaker ship
The Murmansk is the penultimate of a series of similar diesel and electrically-powered icebreaker ships commissioned by the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport. Six icebreakers were built between 2008 and 2016 as part of two state-funded initiatives, Project 21900 and Project 21900M.
The Murmansk was part of the second project and the contract for the construction of the ship was awarded to the Finnish shipbuilding company, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Apart from “shepherding” ships with much higher tonnage, this icebreaker is also used to help extinguish fires on board ships, to assist or to tow ships in difficulty and to transport heavy loads.
Mapei took part in its construction by supplying products suitable for floors subjected to large levels of deformation. ULTRABOND ECO 170 adhesive was used to install textile flooring in the wheelhouse, while ULTRABOND ECO VS90 PLUS was used to bond PVC flooring in various rooms and in the corridors. In the showers and bathrooms, ceramic tiles were installed with KERAPOXY and the joints were grouted with ULTRACOLOR PLUS.