ALMACO delivered Catering systems with Lifecycle service solution for Costa Toscana 


Posted on April 14, 2022

The construction of the grand ship Costa Toscana took place at MEYER TURKU shipyard. ALMACO’s wide scope of work consisted of design, engineering, production, delivery and commissioning of all galley, pantry and bar counters and equipment on the vessel. The next-generation catering system of Costa Toscana is equipped with ALMACO’s digital Lifecycle solution.

The project was one of the largest catering projects of ALMACO, not only because the scope covered more than 3000 m2 of galleys, galley area pantries, bar pantries, cabin pantries and lounge pantries, as well as over 30,000 pieces of catering equipment, but also because ALMACO was in charge of many different aspects and phases of the project and planning of operations and service. ALMACO did all aspects of the design and engineering of the catering areas, as well as design and production of all tailor-made counters and cooking arrangements. Supply of all buyout equipment, pantry equipment and logistics were also handled by ALMACO, as well as commissioning, planning of maintenance, and equipment training of the crew.  

Premium-class catering equipment and counters 

Costa Toscana, inspired by Italian food, art, and culture, serves 6,554 passengers and 1,646 crew members in its 16 restaurants, up to 18 themed bars, luxury room service, and crew messes. It offers its guest special experiences such as the LAB Restaurant, where guests can learn how to cook together with master chefs. The catering areas for all these purposes and concepts are equipped with premium catering solutions with the latest technology that fulfills every chef’s dreams. The installed double-size blast chillers provided by ALMACO are stand-alone fridges that reach the required temperature within minutes. The ship is also equipped with two massive 19-meter long bain-maries per counter, robot-like Roboqbo multi-cooking and baking machines, as well as specific equipment like ChefCut waterjet cake cutting machines.  

Digital catering lifecycle solution  

The Lifecycle solution provided to the owner consists of a digital system for monitoring the equipment, providing instruction manuals, and maintenance management during operation. The solution is based on service tablets and individual QR-code labels attached to the equipment. The galley equipment Lifecycle solution supports the crew in their daily tasks and minimizes the risk of equipment failure.  

Sustainability and high-end design in focus 

Costa Toscana is a 185 000 tons LNG-powered ship and is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world. Along with other sustainable design features, it is equipped with special desalination plants onboard to process seawater to be used for the ship’s daily water consumption.  

Co-operation was the key to success 

Aleksandr Hokkanen, who was in charge of the site management says: “This project has been one of the most interesting projects in my entire career. It was a pleasure to work with MEYER TURKU and I am impressed by their professionalism. Thanks to the good co-operation between ALMACO, MEYER TURKU and our local partners, we were able to commission the equipment on schedule despite the challenging logistic situation in the market. And I must say, the end-result is fantastic.” 

The ship was delivered to the owner on the 2nd of December 2021 and has headed for its maiden voyage. Buon viaggio, Costa Toscana! 

For more information, contact

Picture of Frederic Vasseur

Frederic Vasseur

President, Catering Division

+33 676 192 072

first.lastname@almaco.cc

About Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises is an Italian company that is part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise group in the world. For over 70 years the ships of the Costa fleet have been travelling the world’s seas offering hospitality and authentic Italian style holidays, distinguished by exquisite food, fine wines, unique shopping experiences, and a comprehensive selection of famous brands. Costa represents Italian excellence and  surpasses the expectations of its guests with a unique and unforgettable holiday experience every day.

About Meyer Turku

Meyer Turku specializes in building highly complex, innovative and environmentally friendly cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. Together with two sister shipyards in Germany, Meyer Werft in Papenburg and Neptun Werft in Rostock, Meyer Turku is one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders. The successful shipbuilding tradition in Turku has been continuing since 1737.

About ALMACO Group

ALMACO Group is a full-service contractor for the new construction and modernization of Accommodation and Catering areas for the Marine and Offshore industries. ALMACO builds and refurbishes complete interiors of marine vessels and offshore units including cabins, wet units, public spaces, galleys, provision stores, refrigeration machinery, and laundries, as well as complete living quarters for offshore accommodations. ALMACO works with owners and builders around the world providing full turnkey solutions comprising design and engineering, project management, spare parts, and maintenance. ALMACO was founded in 1998 and has offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the USA.