Current example: The Meyer Turku Oy shipyard in Turku, Finland, is furnishing the cabins of two new cruise liners with Cat. 6 copper cabling from R&M. These are the second generation of cruise liners «Mein Schiff» from TUI Cruises which are due to be launched in 2018 and 2019.

Cruise liners for more than 2,500 passengers and around 1,000 crew members are a technical challenge. The dimensions, for example with 365 meters of the dry deck, are impressive. The shipyard and its suppliers have great responsibility when it comes to equipping the cruise liner to be both safe and comfortable when on the high seas. And that is particularly the case for the inside.

There are around 300 to 400 kilometers of cable installed in a modern cruise liner. Extensive data networks provide telecommunication, Internet, infotainment, and TV onboard. WLAN is available without exception on 15 decks and in more than 1,400 cabins, naturally also in the restaurants, bistros, bars and lounges, onboard movie theater, spa, and sports areas. Even more important are video surveillance, warning systems, and sensors for ship control and automation.

As reliable as on land

In-ship data networks must be as reliable as the Internet on land or the LAN in data centers, factories, and offices. The comfortable interior design of cruise liners belies the fact that a maritime environment has different requirements than those of a hotel on land. The installation has to withstand salt air, changing climate zones, some of the extreme, and, last but not least, constant vibrations for years.

This is why R&M equips its connectivity solutions, especially for ship operation. The regional R&M distribution partner Nylund Group Oy, which has worked together with the Meyer Turku shipyard for many years now, sheathes and bundles the cables so that they can withstand the vibrations of a ship long term and do not suffer any damage due to friction.

The fact that the cabling of the cabins on «Neue Mein Schiff 1» and «Neue Mein Schiff 2» is from R&M underscores the shipyard’s safety- and quality-oriented product selection. Before the current project, Meyer Turku had already equipped six ships with cables and components from R&M. In each of the two new TUI cruise liners, 4,000 to 5,000 Cat. 6 connections and the above-mentioned several hundred kilometers of shielded cables will ensure reliable 1 Gigabit Ethernet.

Meyer Turku Oy employs 1,700 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 shipbuilders. The successful shipbuilding tradition in Turku has been ongoing since 1737. The company is currently building cruise ships for TUI Cruises. The company will also build two cruise ships for Costa Crociere, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean International.

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.