Alphatron Marine has successfully delivered the AlphaBridge on the double-ended passenger ferry Texelstroom built at La Naval Shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. The fully integrated and ergonomically designed bridge features full navigation, (internal) communication and observation equipment, Captain’s chairs on sliding rails with steering control built in the armrest and various workstations, with the exact same equipment installed on both ends of the vessel.
The vessel, owned by Dutch company Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO) will be sailing between the city of Den Helder on the mainland and the West Frisian island of Texel, situated in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, along the edge of the Wadden Sea. Besides building a sustainable, environmentally friendly vessel, one of the most important objectives is continuity, safety and reliability. In every aspect, the AlphaBridge fits perfectly within this philosophy as it lies in the very foundation of our company.
A complete double bridge package for inland water suitable for GMDSS area A1 was selected, which includes navigation, overhead and safety consoles as well as our trusted complementary control and switching panels with centralized dimming and intuitive control. Also part of the AlphaBridge is a complete remote-controlled CCTV system featuring no less than 32 IP cameras operated from three different stations and a custom built docking system that detects the distance to shore from several locations, to ensure optimal safety for the passengers.
The AlphaBrigde concept was chosen by TESO as the heart and the brain of the vessel, with the principle that our technology should make bridge operation easier. The ergonomic design of our AlphaBridge enables intuitive, comfortable operation, which further enhances the safety of the Texelstroom. Naturally, the bridges work independently and include safety override switching between both ends, offering true flexibility to integrated and sophisticated navigation.