ALMACO recently designed, engineered, produced, delivered and commissioned all galley, pantry and bar counters and equipment on Costa Toscana at MEYER TURKU shipyard. The project was one of ALMACO’s largest catering projects, not only because the scope covered more than 3000 m2 of galleys, galley area pantries, bar pantries, cabin pantries and lounge pantries, as well as over 30,000 pieces of catering equipment. ALMACO were also responsible for many different aspects and phases of the project. They took the project from the planning of operations and service, completing all aspects of the design and engineering of the catering areas. ALMACO handled the supply of all buyout equipment and pantry equipment in addition to designing and producing all tailor-made counters and cooking arrangements.

Premium-class catering equipment and counters

Costa Toscana is inspired by Italian food, art, and culture. The vessel serves 6,554 passengers and 1,646 crew members in its 16 restaurants, 18 themed bars, luxury room service, and crew messes. It offers its guests special experiences such as the LAB Restaurant. Here, guests can learn how to cook together with master chefs. The catering areas for all these purposes and concepts are equipped with premium catering solutions using the latest technology that fulfils every chef’s dreams. The installed double-size blast chillers provided by ALMACO are stand-alone fridges that reach the required temperature within minutes. The ship is also equipped with two massive 19-meter long bain-maries per counter, robot-like Roboqbo multi-cooking and baking machines, as well as specific equipment like ChefCut waterjet cake cutting machines.

Digital catering lifecycle solution

The Lifecycle solution ALMACO provided consists of a digital system for monitoring equipment, providing instruction manuals, and maintenance management during operation. The solution is based on service tablets and individual QR-code labels attached to the equipment. The galley equipment Lifecycle solution supports the crew in their daily tasks and minimizes the risk of equipment failure.

Sustainability and high-end design in focus

Costa Toscana is a 185 000 tons LNG-powered ship. It is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world. Along with other sustainable design features, it is also equipped with special desalination plants on board to process seawater to be used for the ship’s daily water consumption.

Co-operation was the key to success

Aleksandr Hokkanen, who was in charge of the site management says:

“This project has been one of the most interesting projects in my entire career. It was a pleasure to work with MEYER TURKU and I am impressed by their professionalism. Thanks to the good co-operation between ALMACO, MEYER TURKU and our local partners, we were able to commission the equipment on schedule despite the challenging logistic situation in the market. And I must say, the end-result is fantastic.”

The ship was delivered to the owner on 2 December 2021. It has since headed for its maiden voyage. Buon viaggio, Costa Toscana!

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