KONE press release, September 20, 2013
KONE has won an order to deliver its eco-efficient elevators and escalators for the Royal Caribbean International's latest luxury Oasis-class cruise ship, a yet-to-be named vessel currently known "Oasis 3". She is the sister ship of the largest sailing cruise vessels in the world, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. The newest addition to the fleet is currently under construction by international shipbuilding group STX Europe in France.
KONE's order for Oasis 3 comprises 13 KONE MonoSpace® elevators, 28 KONE MiniSpace(TM) elevators - including 12 scenic elevators - and two KONE EcoMaster® escalators. Three easy access platforms will ensure efficient movement on-board for passengers with limited mobility. All the elevators will include energy-efficient features, such as regenerative drives that continuously supply energy back to the ship's power network during the breaking phase.
The two previous Oasis-class vessels, both of which were built by STX Europe in Finland, also feature KONE solutions. And like its sisters, Oasis 3 is expected to have the capacity to accommodate more than 6,000 people on-board, and offer luxury amenities, such as spas, an outdoor garden, fine dining, shopping, and sporting facilities.
"We are proud to continue and build on our successful relationship with STX Europe, and we are sure our people flow® solutions will contribute to the smooth and efficient movement of the thousands of passengers and crew on-board at any given time," said Ari Winter, Head of Marine Business at KONE. "Marine elevators are among the most demanding to design. Our experience of working with STX Europe and providing solutions for the two older Oasis-class ships gave us the insight needed to understand the customer's needs and to find the best possible solutions for this extraordinary vessel."
Oasis 3 is expected to make its maiden voyage in 2016.
The order was booked into KONE's Q2 results.
For further information,
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 50 67 411
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- Read more about Oasis of the Seas in the References section of our website
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2012, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.3 billion and around 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.