A system to weather the storm

The cruise port of Marseille installs lighting systems from TRILUX

To the uneducated eye, everyday business in the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille cruise ship zone may appear completely chaotic, but in fact the opposite is the case – high-performance logistics are the order of the day. Whether supplying ships with provisions and fuel, the boarding of guests or transporting luggage, one gear meshes precisely into the next. Everything is oriented to this single aim – including the lighting. The reason is that suitable illumination is an essential component of reliable work sequences and also improves the safety of personnel and passengers.

When a cruise ship arrives at the harbour located in the very core of Marseille everything has to be carried out very quickly, and ideal visual conditions must prevail at the 400-hectare harbour area to avoid accidents. Up to seven cruise ships can dock simultaneously and over two million passengers use the terminals each year, meaning hustle and bustle around the clock.

"The robustness of the lighting installation is especially important," explained Lionel Witkowski, Managing Director of TRILUX France. No problem at all for the Estadia wide beam floodlights from TRILUX. The posts for the asymmetric narrow distribution luminaires have heights of up to 30 metres, and neither wind nor vibrations adversely affect them – weathering storms is embedded in the system’s DNA.

"The products installed across the extensive compounds were specifically adapted during their development stage to adverse conditions," continued Lionel Witkowski. The high protection rating of the Estadia (IP65) not only protects it from the ingress of dirt but also from the salty Mediterranean water often dashed across the land during storms. 

The windage area of the floodlights installed at lofty heights was also optimised by TRILUX. The aim was to create a weather-independent lighting solution featuring best visual conditions and high levels of fail-safe operation when exposed to mechanical vibrations, thick fog, high waves, gusty winds and heavy downpours.

Project information

  • Construction authority
    Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
    www.marseille-port.fr
  • Project
    Renovation of the harbour area
  • TRILUX product series
    Estadia wide beam floodlight    

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