Improve Your Experience

We're sorry, but this browser is no longer able to provide an optimal user experience on this site. We recommend switching to one of the latest versions of Chrome, Edge or Firefox.

Case Study

Qingdao International Cruise Home Port

The Qingdao International Cruise Home Port soon followed to help convert the old port city into a hub for cruise tourism. ColorisTM pre-painted aluminum, with its superb weather resistance, was chosen for the roofing, constructed to represent sails.

With projections of serving 400 cruise ships and 400,000 tourists at the port by 2020, Qingdao hopes to capitalize on its status as a worldwide center for trade, an international port city and one of northern China’s tourist destinations.

The 1,200 meter-long berth of Qingdao International Cruise Home Port and water depth of 13-14 meters allows it to handle the world’s largest cruise ships. Such capacity is key to attaining the port’s goal to be the hub of the cruise industry in Northeast Asia.

With its proximity to Japan and South Korea – popular destinations for Chinese tourists – Qingdao International Cruise Home Port is projected to serve 1.5 million passengers per year, making it a bustling center for the cruise industry for many years to come.


City: Qingdao
Country: China
Products: Coloris pre-painted aluminum
Application: Roofing
Color: White

Thickness: 0.9 mm
Quantity: 100 metric tons
Architect: CCDI, China
Installation: KunPeng Steel

Material of Choice

Choosing the right materials for construction in a seaside environment is crucial. The wind, water and sea salt can affect the structure’s aesthetics and longevity, as well as increase maintenance time and costs.

For this construction, Novelis Coloris pre-painted aluminum was selected for the roofing. Known for its high-strength alloy and continuous roll-coating process, this material has the quality and durability to make it ideal for use in such a location.

The white aluminum roofing was created using PVdF (polyvinylidene fluoride) paint with only ceramic inorganic, non-hazardous pigments. This greatly enhances the surface’s resistance to both corrosion and weather. Novelis is so confident in the material’s quality that it is guaranteed for up to 20 years.

Our pre-painted aluminum is also ground water neutral and not susceptible to heavy-metal erosion.

The strength of the alloy allows for less material per panel and wider spans. Weight is also reduced by a third, always an important consideration when installing roofing.