ALMACO's catering system secured for two new AIDA cruise ships

ALMACO Group will supply galleys and provision stores for 2 new "Sphinx"-class AIDA cruise ships and there is an option for a third ship. The order was received mid-June and encompasses supply and installation of provisions stores, galleys and pantries. The 68.500 GT cruise ships were contracted in mid October 2004 from Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany. The cruisers are scheduled for delivery in year 2007 and 2009. This order is an important proof of confidence to ALMACO's recently acquired catering business.

Galleys & pantries

A new high quality restaurant and food concept of the Sphinx generation will offer for passengers best service and a culinary trip round the world. ALMACO will supply and install all the equipment. Galley and pantry areas will occupy a total of 2000m2 and comprise 3 big galley areas and 26 pantries for bars and cabin service for the passengers and the crew. Main galleys and pantries for bars are situated on decks 9,10 and 11 where the main restaurants are. Popular show galleys will be installed for Asian restaurant on deck 9, Rossini Steak house and Scandinavian Seafood restaurant on deck10 and for Italian restaurant Bella Donna on deck 11. On deck 12 the 3 pantries will serve the Spa bar, Pool bar and Disco bar. In its scope of delivery, ALMACO will supply and install foundations, stainless steel ceiling and wall panels on a complete system basis, in accordance with USPHS regulations.

Provisions stores

ALMACO will supply all 37 provision stores including walk-in stores onboard of each ship, spread on 4 decks and occupying a floor area of 950m2. Main cold store area is located on deck 3. The rest of the cold stores are situated close to galleys and pantries in restaurant areas. A-60 rated fire doors will be fitted to the stores when necessary. These hinged or sliding doors fully comply with both fire and insulation requirements in a single unit, eliminating the need to fit two adjacent doors to provide fire protection and temperature insulation. Installation costs are therefore reduced, and personnel access to the stores is much improved.

The contract to supply the galleys, bars and pantries was the result of a close collaboration between the shipowner and the shipyard, in which ALMACO's specialists participated in supplying design expertise as a pre-contractual service. All the solutions are compliant with the latest United States Public Health Service (USPHS) rules and regulations, and take into account the ergonomics of all working conditions. The provision flow has been considered and devised in a way that secures passenger safety in terms of food hygiene.