Sea-going Travelers Enjoy Fresh Filtered Water from Filtrine’s Specially Designed Marine Drinking Fountains


Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America and more


Ports including Florida: Port Everglades, Medley, Mami; West Coast and overseas


The passenger ship industry has changed over the years and Filtrine’s marine drinking water equipment and water filtration systems have kept up with it. The Carnival Cruise Line engineers were looking for long lasting, easy to clean, drinking water fountains and food service water stations for its cruise ships. Liking the stainless steel construction, they contacted Filtrine to see if the models could meet their specifications.


Starting in the 1930s, Filtrine has supplied the US Navy, oil companies, ocean liners and commercial ships with water filters and drinking water coolers. When Larco, Inc., an industrial strength drinking water equipment manufacturer, came up for sale in the 1960’s, Filtrine acquired the company and updated its drinking fountain models and Taste Master® water purifiers. The brand was changed to Filtrine in the 2000s and then to Filtrine INDESTRUCT in 2013.

Carnival and Holland America Cruise Lines have been working with Filtrine for over 30 years. Filtrine’s free standing drinking fountain, Larco Model  LA-15-LTW (now known as INDESTRUCT Model MLA-15) was installed in one of Holland America’s MS Noordam cruise ships in the early 1990s. The durable stainless steel finish and the unique slide in cooling package that simplifies servicing and eliminates down time were why the Carnival engineers selected the model.

The top fixture (Model BS series) and the front fixture (Model MS series) cafeteria style Food Service Water Stations have been installed in Carnival’s Sensation, Imagination and Ecstasy cruise ships. Carnival’s favorite Filtrine cooler features include custom color panels to match the cafeteria décor and the oversized water storage which satisfies peak demand.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in partnership with the cruise line industry in the 1970s. It covers all ships with over 13 passengers operating in US waters. “The program assists the cruise ship industry in fulfilling its responsibility for developing and implementing comprehensive sanitation programs in order to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal diseases.” Drinking fountains on board need to meet certain requirements to be installed in cruise ships such as hands free operation, easy to clean elements and a water filtration system.

To make sure the marine drinking fountain water is filtered properly, Filtrine offers two options: the Taste Master purifier and the UV Sterilizer®. The Taste Master purifier carbon block element sits in a heavy duty stainless steel housing and removes lead, particulates, cysts, chlorine, organic odors and tastes. The exclusive “Dual Seal” design negates bypassing and leaking. The germicidal UV Sterilizer low pressure mercury lamp is encased in a special high-purity quartz sleeve, immersed in water inside the stainless steel sterilizing chamber. It eliminates micro-organisms without chemicals or toxic products and offers low cost operation; easy installation and maintenance.

Not just cruise lines have specified Filtrine drinking water equipment, boat builders selected Filtrine’s popular bottle filling station, B103 for West Coast catamaran ferries. The US Navy orders the specially designed Filtrine military marine drinking fountain, Model M-10-N. It complies with MIL SPEC: MIL-C-24166[C] and will withstand shock test DWTNSR & DC and vibration test AERONAV.

Filtrine Equipment Used:

Larco Model LA-15-LTW electric water cooler (now known as INDESTRUCT Model MLA-15), Filtrine Model BS-25A top fixture and the Model MS-25A front fixture food service water stations, Model B103 water bottle filling stations, Military Model M-10-N electric water cooler

For more information, contact your local drinking water sales representative.

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