New generation tugboat consoles delivered

Mon, 16 February 2015

JRC and Alphatron Marine have delivered new tugboat consoles – said to be the first of their kind – for the new generator of Rotortugs.

The result of a JRC/Alphatron Marine design study, the new AlphaBridge console has been installed on the Robert Allan-designed ART 80-32 hybrid tugs RT Evolution and RT Discovery, which offer full control from a sitting positions and all-round visibility through full height windows.

“The revolution of the new design will contribute to the safety of the vessel and offer improved ergonomics for the operators,” said Bas van Hoorn, captain of RT Evolution.

AlphaBridge comprises two ergo dynamically designed consoles with a central captain’s chair mounted on rails. The consoles contain the majority of controls and instruments required to operate the tug. At the end of both consoles is a semi-retractable screen, one with the radar display, switchable for the river and sea sets, and the other a multi-function screen displaying navigation and other operational data. The captain’s chair can be turned and positioned to face in either direction and the displays are arranged to ensure that the screen functions are always in the same position.

The companies say the tugboat standardisation concept is based on minimal space usage on the bridge. This way, the shipyard is able to design a wheelhouse as small as possible to increase visibility around the vessel. Due to the number of navigation and communication products required, an overhead console on both sides of the consoles is supplied for the convenience of the captain and increases reachability of the equipment and increases visibility either manoeuvring forward or aft.

Source: Rachael Doyle



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