Contract signals Harding’s cruise comeback
Harding has been awarded contracts to deliver lifeboats, tender vessels and davits to a major cruise line. Out of the cruise segment since 2013, SOLAS leader Harding used the timeout to re-think their relationship to cruise owners and shipyards, and redesign their core products to meet the latest demands of the industry. The first deliveries will go to a leading cruise line, whose name had not been made public at the time of this release.
“Convincing the shipyard that we had products that would meet the cruise lines’ high standards was our first challenge. Winning the confidence of a benchmark shipyard confirmed that we were back on the right track in the cruise segment.”The new Harding lifeboats are two stories unto themselves – a novel double-decker design that enables a record passenger capacity of 440. With air conditioning, roomy and comfortable seats, and an ultramodern design, the new tenders will be an integral part of a new cruise concept. Even the davits used to lower and retrieve lifeboats and tenders have undergone a transformation.
“The davits Harding supplies to the offshore industry are completely enclosed. This is for safety and maintenance purposes offshore, but an enclosed davit, designed for cruise, meets an aesthetic need as well,” says Skaare.No more rust stains, greasy wires, or scary-looking gears. Harding’s all-enclosed davits are sleek and elegant, enhancing rather than detracting from the ship’s overall appearance. And while pleasing passengers is the ultimate goal of a cruise line, lower maintenance and easier cleaning with the modern davits are added benefits that owners and operators can smile about from shore. In both scope and value, the new cruise contract represents the biggest to date for Harding Safety AS. ”We took the chance, and it paid off. This new contract gives us a renewed and important foothold in the cruise industry, at a time when the offshore market is suffering due to low oil prices,” says Bjørn Sturle Hillestad, Global Sales and Marketing Director in Harding Safety. Harding will deliver a total of:
- 12 x 440 person lifeboats
- 24 x 230 person Lifeboat/Tender
- 36 x PD55 DM davits
- 6 x rescue boat stations