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NEW ON BOARD Energy-saving compact elevators installed onboard ’Mein Schiff 4’ by: MERJA KIHL AND ARI MONONEN photos: KARI PALSILA Kone Elevators provided the elevators and escalators for ’Mein Schiff 4,’ the new cruise ship that was delivered to TUI Cruises from Turku Shipyard on 8 May, 2015. M r. Jarkko Pekkala, Head of Marine Sales in Kone, notes that the installations are good examples of energy-efficient tech- nology utilising energy recovery systems. ”All of the elevators are Kone MiniSpace units equipped with very compact machine rooms. This type of elevator is quite suitable for shipboard installation as it takes up less space than standard elevators, allowing more room for cabins or corridors.” ”MiniSpace is a traditional solution for cruise ships. Similar types of elevators were installed onboard the earlier sister ship ’Mein Schiff 3’ that was delivered in the spring of 2014,” says Pekkala. Overall, Kone Elevators’ delivery for ’Mein Schiff 4’ included ”The next TUI Cruises ship ’Mein Schiff 5’ is already under 10 elevators for passengers and eight elevators for service, plus construction and will also be equipped with Kone elevators”, Mr. two escalators and two platforms for the use of passengers with Pekkala recounts. impaired mobility. ”The elevator shafts were installed early on in the shipbuild- For her maiden voyage, the ’Mein Schiff 4’ will sail to the Baltic States in the summer of 2015. ing process. Next, our dedicated site team installed the elevator cabins, finalizing with the electric installations.” 46 seatec 2/2015 More information: