Prysmian Cables & Systems, Milan, Italy, supplied approximately 3,100 miles of energy and telecommunications shipboard cables for the largest cruise ship in history, the Oasis of the Seas. The ocean liner was built by the shipbuilding group STX Europe for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and was unveiled November 20 in Florida.
STX Europe also awarded Prysmian a contract for the delivery of all of the marine cables to be installed on the Oasis of the Seas sister ship, Allure of the Seas, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean. Allure of the Seas is being built at STX Europe's shipyards in Turku, Finland. The new agreement, which represents the second step of the Genesis Cruise Vessel project, covers the supply of power and telecommunication cables for a total value of approximately $6.7 million. Most of the supplied cables are manufactured at Prysmian's Pikkala facility in Finland, but also in Italy and Germany.
At 1,181 feet and length and 16 decks, the Genesis vessels each have a capacity of 5,400 passengers and more than 3,000 crew. Oasis of the Seas will start sailing in December 2009 and Allure of the Seas in the summer of 2010.