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New one-man integrated bridge unveiled

Wed 11 Oct 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

New one-man integrated bridge unveiled
AlphaBridge is a new and simplistic-designed integrated bridge solution for medium and small vessels

Japan Radio Co (JRC) and Alphatron Marine have revealed a new and simplistic-designed integrated bridge solution for medium and small types of vessel, including tugs. JRC said this AlphaBridge design would enable optimised viewing in the wheelhouse and full control from a sitting position.

AlphaBridge is suitable for coastguard, patrol vessels, tugboats, workboats, fishing vessels, smaller cargo ships and offshore windfarm support vessels.

It has a central command chair facing three 26 in navigational displays in the front consoles. The bridge is fitted with JRC’s latest JMR-5400 marine radar and a new conning system. The operator can control the main displays and various equipment integrated in the bridge, including autopilot, VHF and a propulsion system from the chair.

“Flexibility and ergonomic control are one of the leading principles in the AlphaBridge system,” said JRC. “Customised and specific operations allow full control from a single workplace, without compromising the high ergonomic standard.” The design follows regulations and enables intuitive, comfortable operation which JRC said would enhance the safety of the vessel.