The Swiss elevator and escalator company, Schindler, has been awarded contracts to equip six new cruise ships with its products, with a total value of SFr45 million
Out of a total of 147 elevators ordered, 120 will be installed on five new cruise ships of the Holland American Line of Seattle in the United States. The ships will accommodate 1,800 passengers each.
The remaining 27 elevators and eight escalators are foreseen for a new destiny-class vessel of the Carnival Corporation of Miami, Florida, which has a capacity of 2,700 passengers.
In a statement on Tuesday, Schindler said that marine applications were a demanding segment that required manufacturers to provide highly-specialised know-how and the ability to provide on-site service worldwide.
With annual group sales of more than SFr8 billion and 42,000 employees, Schindler is the world's largest producer of escalators and moving walks, and the second-largest manufacturer of elevators.
Every day, Schindler products transport more than 700 million passengers worldwide.
swissinfo with agencies