Alphatron Marine is pleased to announce the first successful deliveries of new and unparalleled tugboat consoles for the new generation of Rotortugs. Offering full control from a sitting position and exceptional all-round visibility through full-height windows, the Robert-Allan-designed ART 80-32 Hybrid tugs RT Evolution and RT Discovery have been fitted with the AlphaBridge tugboat console concept of tomorrow, a design study conducted by JRC/Alphatron Marine, along with some of the biggest tugboat operators in the world. The captain of the RT Evolution, Bas van Hoorn, was very pleased with the result and stated: “The revolution of the new design will contribute to the safety of the vessel and offer improved ergonomics for the operators”.
The AlphaBridge comprises two ergonomic and dynamically designed consoles with a centrally-placed chair for the captain, mounted on rails. The consoles contain the majority of controls and instruments required to operate the tug. At each end of each console, there is a semi-retractable screen, one with the radar display, which can switch between the river and sea sets, whilst the other offers 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.