(HOUSTON) — Alphatron Marine has handed over the turnkey AlphaBridge tugboat console on RT Trident to Seabulk Towing Inc., located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The AlphaBridge for tugboats is distinguished by high visibility from a sitting position, ensuring command and control at all times during intensive harbor operations. This tug bridge concept has been fully equipped with a JRC/Alphatron Marine navigation and communication package.
The bridge is comprised of two ergonomically designed consoles with a central, rotatable captain’s chair mounted on sliding rails. The layout of the consoles was designed in close cooperation with the intended users. The radars on board include the JRC JMA-5200 sea radar, with the JRC Constaview, and the Alphatron JMA-610 river radar, especially designed for inland and maneuvering applications in enclosed waters. At each end of both consoles is a retractable screen, one with the radar display, switchable for sea and river, and the other a multi-function screen displaying navigation and operational data.
RT Trident is the first of three new Robert Allan-designed Rotortugs for Seabulk Towing, and will be home-ported in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Seabulk Towing is operating a modern fleet of tugs, providing harbor ship-assist operations and offshore towing services along the Gulf Coast and Southeastern seaboard. The RT Trident triangular propulsion system enhances maneuverability of the vessel and with the quick and efficient shifting from fore to aft steering position.
After the AlphaBridge tugboat console was pre-installed and pre-wired in the workshop in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was shipped to the yard, Master Boat Builders Inc. in Bayou la Batre, Ala. Engineers from Alphatron Marine, with commercial support from the recently opened Alphatron Marine USA office in Houston and the local JRC/Alphatron dealer, New World Electronics in Bayou La Batre, have been working closely together, providing on-site installation and commissioning.