The Cunard Queen Mary 2 ocean liner needs no introduction, especially now that her name can be seen 20 miles away, thanks to UFO fiber optics!
The Queen Mary 2 is the biggest passenger ship ever built, and the last word in luxury for holidaymakers looking for a stylish cruise with state-of-the-art modern amenities.
But her proud name signage was lacking its usual luster after years of sea damage and harsh weather. Specialist lighting company Offshore Lighting commissioned UFO to replace the previous company's fiber optics, which had taken a beating. UFO fiber-optic products, including the fiber strands themselves, are made here in the UK to the highest quality standards, making them ideal for demanding environments.
The Queen Mary was bound for Hamburg for its major internal refit, and our engineering team came on board at Southampton. While she was at sea, our team removed all of the old optics from the signage on both sides of the ship's funnel, and measured the specifications needed to replace them. The measurements were emailed to our headquarters in Scotland, and production started right away.
The harnesses used in the signage required more than 5,000 fiber strands, which were made in-house to our rigorous quality standards. The ferrules were custom designed and built specially for this project, and manufactured on our Star lathe. The completed fiber-optic harnesses were sent straight to the Hamburg shipyard where the Queen Mary was dry-docked, ready for fitting.
This highly specialist project took us less than 3 weeks to complete from start to finish. Now, thanks to our brighter fiber-optic lighting, the Queen Mary's signage can be seen from 20 miles away.
Illuminators: 150W metal halide, installed in the engine room behind the sign
Harnesses: 5000+ tails with custom ferrules