Another perfect turnkey solution for the growing naval sector
The naval sector has many facets, from container ships to luxury liners and is growing quickly. Alicontract, with its vast experience, is ready to meet this challenge and its latest project in this sector proves just that.
Called on by Oceanic Catering (a subsidiary of V.Group) to provide a turnkey solution for their busy new training center in Manila, the team from Alicontract delivered a state-of-the-art kitchen facility that replicates a kitchen at sea as well as the kitchen for the self-service restaurant and bar for V.Group employees and people working in the new industrial area.
The focus is on the most appropriate and robust equipment for life at sea. Reliability and dependability for spare parts and service are fundamental because of the short maintenance times of ships in dry docks.
Hans Heger, Director Hotel Operations & Catering of Oceanic Catering asked Alicontract to provide a training facility with 16 work stations, where over 2,000 chefs and kitchen personnel each year come to train from one to two weeks to learn the idiosyncrasies of seafaring kitchens. The center is located the newly developed Aseana City in Manila. “Part of the challenge was to make sure that all the latest equipment suitable for naval kitchens could be installed – on the eighth floor!” says Heger. “It had to have all the proper drainage, power and ventilation, as well as getting the machines up to that floor. It is unusual to install a kitchen so high up in an office building, but I must say the result is incredible and that it has one of the best views from any kitchen in all Manila.”
Augusto Terrinoni of Alicontract was the contact person for the project and followed each and every phase. “V.Group is one of the most important companies worldwide supplying trained personnel to shipping and cruise ship companies. Designing and installing their training kitchen is a great opportunity to show what Alicontract can do in this sector”, says Terrinoni.
As well as the training kitchen, a large kitchen was installed to service the self-service restaurant and bar that serves approximately 400 covers per service, dedicated to employees and people working in the area.
A wide range of specialized equipment was installed: Mareno stove and self-service line, Lainox ovens, Friulinox cold room and refrigerators, Scotsman ice maker, Comenda dishwasher and Rancilio coffee machine.
Any successful project is the result of team effort. Augusto Terrinoni (PM), Valeria Vallelonga and the design engineers from HQ Giuseppe Oldani worked closely with Hans Heger and Massimo Gueli (V.Group HQ, Monaco) and Michael Wiesner, Director of the training school, at site in Manila, together with Ali Contract technician, Pasquale Dinoi. “Alicontract was wonderful to work with. The collaboration with Augusto was fantastic because of his vast experience and flexibility to our needs. The help in choosing the best equipment available and his overall expertise was invaluable”, says Hans Heger. “A technician was onsite for one month, following every phase of installation and training. We are enthusiastic about the results.” Oceanic Catering and Alicontract are now collaborating on developing a spare parts and preventive maintenance program. The intention is for V.Group to provide maintenance teams for their clients when the ships are in dry dock. With the innovative advanced technology of the equipment provided, it is possible to monitor technical and maintenance data from a distance with specialized software. Alicontract will train V.Group personnel and oversee the maintenance program. Just another way V.Group and Alicontract are there to serve their customers. “We are in the shipping and cruise industry and there will be many opportunities for us to work with Alicontract in the future”, concludes Heger.