The steamboat Stadt Luzern goes on tour again


Lucerne/Ebikon LU – The Stadt Luzern steamboat has been undergoing a general overhaul for three years. When it sails across Lake Lucerne again, the ship, which was originally built back in 1928, will be supported by a wealth of modern technology. The Ebikon-based branch of Hälg & Co. has modernized the air conditioning and heating system.


The Stadt Luzern is ready to take to the water once again. The steamboat owned by SGV, the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company, underwent a general refurbishment between 2018 and 2021, which was carried out by the Lucerne-based shipyard Shiptec AG. All of the ship’s interiors have been completely refurnished, while a new kitchen and steam boiler have also been installed. In terms of automating the heating and air conditioning system, Shiptec worked together with the Ebikon-based branch of Hälg & Co. AG Gebäudeautomation Lucerne - Ebikon. Hälg was responsible for planning and carrying out this work, further details of which can be found in a press release.


Starting out with a vision to realize building automation processes on a ship presented several challenges for Hälg. First of all, the weather conditions on a ship change more frequently than for a building, simply because it is in motion and the sun and shade alternate more frequently. In addition, space is limited. Hälg opted for a hydraulic concept for heating, ventilation and cooling based on the use of a cooling unit and water obtained from the lake. Hälg designed the system to be as simple as possible, while at the same time taking into account aspects such as comfort, energy awareness and sustainability.


“Working together with Hälg & Co. AG was a great experience”, comments David Müller, Project Manager at Shiptec AG, in the press release. “Hälg successfully mastered the complex process of commissioning the ship’s ventilation system”.


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