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Oct 22 2010

Reader Photos: Cruise Ship Doors

I have received SO MANY reader photos lately – THANK YOU! 

Jim White of Doornorth & Millwork Specialties sent me a whole bunch of door photos from a recent cruise that he went on.  I think I need to go do some research!

Does anyone know what the little hinged panel is at the bottom of a couple of the pairs?

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5 Responses to “Reader Photos: Cruise Ship Doors”

  1. Jess says:

    Hello Lori, appears to been a nice cruise he went on (where did he go??) appears wherever he went, the boat was made or furnished with the closers from a country in western Europe (I recognize those stacked closers)

    stacked closers:(this actually is called a tandem installation)since the range of the closer installed is from about 2 up to about 7, when a ship is listing (tilting to one side) from the shift of weight of the door, the door could easily open and allow water to enter (if sinking) I have not yet seen any tandem installs here, but I have seen (or least a photo of) a closer on both sides of the door.

    so doubling up (tandem installing a closer) can make them harder to open (not sure if that helps with any ADA guidelines) but gives more strength to keep the door shut.

    • Lori says:

      Hi Jess –

      I think the cruise was to Mexico. Yes, doubling up on closers likely means that these doors would require more opening force than allowed by the accessibility standards, but if they’re fire doors, that section doesn’t apply.

      – Lori

  2. John says:

    Just guessing here, but could the little doggy door be there to allow the door to close and latch around a fire hose?

  3. Lori says:

    I just got word back from Jim (the cruiser) that he asked the cruise ship staff and was told that during an emergency they can close the doors and still be able to run hoses, cables, etc. through. Pretty cool. Now I’m wondering if it’s a spring hinge or if it’s held in the closed position some other way. I need a vacation…in a place that has no doors.

    – Lori

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