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”.

Working together with the yard and owner on how to optimize all aspects of operations, this new concept is based on the principle that the captain should have the best achievable ergonomic working position at both fore and aft steering positions. In addition, there should be a one man operable bridge system with all controls in reach, maximum visibility, reduced size to fit in a small wheelhouse, and reduced minimum actions required for the captain to change from forward to aft position. Based on the aforementioned principles, the tugboat console was designed.

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.

The tugboat standardization concept is based upon 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 quantity of navigation and communication products required, an overhead console on both sides of the consoles is supplied for the convenience of the captain, which increases reachability of the equipment and maximizes visibility, either maneuvering forward or aft.

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