VIGO, Spain, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Otis advanced technology elevators and escalators have been selected for four new cruise ships that will be built by Meyer shipyards. The new ships will be constructed by Meyer Werft in Germany and by Meyer Turku in Finland and will include 160 Otis elevators and 16 Otis escalators. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"Being awarded Meyer shipyards' new project demonstrates that Otis' leading products and advanced technology are the preferred choice of customers," said Bernardo Calleja, president, Otis South Europe. "This project is very important because it showcases our ability to support iconic ships by providing more energy efficient, reliable elevators and escalators for a very special environment."
Each of the four next-generation ships will have a total capacity of 2,500 cabins, exceed 180,000 gross tons in size and incorporate an extensive number of guest-friendly features.
The 160 elevators and 16 heavy duty escalators provided by Zardoya Otis, the company's operating unit in Spain, are specially designed to withstand damp and salty environments at sea. The elevators are equipped with special operational modes such as luggage mode, gangway deck mode and RFID-based priority service for certain passengers. In addition, they are equipped with the Otis EMS Panorama™ management system and ReGen technology.
Scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2020, the four new ships will be the first in the cruise industry to use liquefied natural gas in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and on the open sea.
Otis is the world's leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com or follow @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter.
About Zardoya Otis
Zardoya Otis is an Otis operating entity in Spain. The company sells Otis branded products to a wide range of customers, including the marine industry. For more information follow @AscensoresOtis on Twitter.
About Meyer Werft
Founded in 1795, Papenburg-based MEYER WERFT 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 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.
About Meyer Turku
Meyer Turku Oy employs 1,500 persons and 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. The company is currently building cruise ships for TUI Cruises and a fast ferry for Tallink. The company will also build two cruise ships for Costa Crociere.
The design and construction of the ships are supported by the subsidiaries of Meyer Turku: Piikkio Works Oy, which is a Cabin Factory in Piikkiö, Shipbuilding Completion Oy, which provides turnkey solutions to public spaces in ships, and ENG´nD Oy, which is an engineering company offering services for shipbuilding and offshore.
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