Altro Sets Sail with P&O

Ferry operator P&O Irish Sea needed the best products when it was refurbishing its P&O Express line, a seasonal ferry which operates on the busy Larne – Cairnryan route across the Irish Sea. With this in mind, and on the recommendation of its refurbishment contractor Madden Brothers in Ballymena, P&O Irish Sea specified Altro’s specialist flooring product for the maritime sector, Transflor Gallium.

120m² of Altro Transflor Gallium in ‘Bone’ and ‘Blue’ was specified in the galley and toilet areas of the ship – where it was vital the highest standards of hygiene and safety had to be maintained. The flooring, which meets strict IMO regulations, is also extremely durable – an important factor for the P&O Express route.

David Blair, operations support manager – hotel services, at P&O Irish Sea, comments: “We were very pleased with the new flooring. We decided to use Gallium because it offers excellent underfoot safety and is easy to maintain. Slips and trips are the biggest cause of injury on board ships, and Gallium is one of the most effective ways of preventing them.”

The P&O Express route runs for six months per year with 2,420 sailings, carrying around 270,000 passengers each season.

Simon Andrews, maritime sales manager at Altro comments: “The P&O Express route is extremely busy, so it was imperative that the flooring area was durable, and importantly, was easy to maintain for the crew during the season when it sails. The galley and toilet areas in particular needed a product that could meet stringent hygiene standards as well, which is why Gallium sheet flooring was perfect for the job.”

Altro Transflor Gallium is the only sheet safety flooring that is fully compliant with strict MED and IMO Fire Test Procedures (IMO FTP) Code requirements, which also provides first-class hygiene protection to reduce the spread of germs.

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