ALMACO Group has successfully delivered the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s vessels purpose-built for the Asian market, the Norwegian Joy. The ship was built at Meyer Werft and delivered on April 27, 2017.

ALMACO’s scope for Norwegian Joy, now the largest vessel in the Norwegian fleet at 167,725 gross tons, includes design, supply and installation of all catering-related equipment in the Galleys, Bars, Buffets, Pantries, Provision Stores and Refrigeration Machinery. Norwegian Joy was purpose-built for China, designed to incorporate the Chinese guests’ preferences, for which ALMACO developed special equipment for the galley such as a Korean BBQ and wok, among others.

ALMACO has extensive experience in Asia not only due to being present in China for over 15 years, but also for being the market leader and most experienced supplier in purpose-built food handling area designs for vessels serving the Asian market.

An additional advantage of working with ALMACO is that with our Shanghai office, we are ready to support the cruise market operating locally from China. We have local presence for the after-market, therefore are able to deliver spare parts and perform modernizations for all newbuild ships and existing fleet in the area.

Norwegian Joy’s galley areas are equipped with the second-generation of ALMACO’s innovative catering solution GEM system (Galley Energy Management) that includes more advanced features enabling the ship’s crew to control and reduce the power consumption of the cooking equipment. Among other ALMACO technologies delivered on this ship are ALMACO REM (Refrigeration Equipment Monitoring), which controls and monitors the refrigeration plants, provision stores and the galley refrigerators with one single system, allowing a full overview of the hundreds of cold consumers of the ship. ALMACO’s PAC, or Precision Air Coolers, the proprietary design that achieves undisturbed airflow for an even temperature throughout the provision store with a reduced footprint, requires less space for maintenance and frees up space for more provisions, was also delivered on both Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy.

Bjorn Stenwall, ALMACO’s President, Marine Division, states,

ALMACO is proud to have partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft to bring an experience that will delight the Asian market. Thanks to our experience in designing for the Chinese guests, developing market-specific equipment, optimizing layouts and incorporating latest technological innovations in all the food handling areas, ALMACO and Norwegian Cruise Line designed the food handling areas that will help the vessel’s crew exceed her guests’ expectations.

ALMACO delivered sister ship Norwegian Escape in October 2015, as well as Norwegian Breakaway in April 2013 and Norwegian Getaway in January 2014 at Meyer Werft.


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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 and refrigeration machinery, 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, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and USA.

About Meyer Werft

Papenburg-based MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1795 and has meanwhile been owned by the seventh generation of the Meyer family. This well-established company has some 3,300 employees. MEYER WERFT’s extensive production program covers a wide range of ship types, from cruise ships, gas tankers, to car and passenger ferries. In order to stay successful in worldwide competition, production technology has been continuously extended. Today, MEYER WERFT has the most modern production premises in the shipbuilding industry.