Redefining bridge design
Complexity, made simple
Whilst maritime technology becomes more complex, the number of skilled staff onboard is reducing, making high levels of monitoring vital to ensure a safe work environment for crew. Accuracy and reliability are paramount to efficient operations, which is why all equipment integrated on the AlphaBridge is designed to meet and exceed international standards. Our modular concept offers true flexibility to integrate sophisticated navigation and control systems from a diverse portfolio of technology, for any class and size of ship.
Bridge operation, made easy
The maritime world first became familiar with the AlphaBridge concept in 2007 when Alphatron Marine introduced a compact, modular bridge solution based on standard control panels in a neat, simple design. Now more than 350 vessels worldwide operate safely and efficiently thanks to the AlphaBridge. Our principle is that technology should make bridge operation easier - even for the highest class notations for vessels undertaking complex, sometimes hazardous operations.
The world’s first truly modular bridge
The best of Dutch design has created a unique, versatile and innovative bridge system based on the highest quality materials and manufacturing techniques. Because of its modular concept, AlphaBridge can be preassembled at Alphatron Marine workshops around the world. Factory acceptance tests are carried out before shipment, ensuring your satisfaction in the quality of our delivery. AlphaBridge is built to your requirements. For instance, you can choose screen selection by KVM switch technology or full network MFD operation or modules in steel or aluminium, with special versions to meet diverse requirements on request. Basic color scheme is RAL 7012 / RAL 7004.
In addition to standard modules, AlphaBridge features work specific modules for offshore, dredging, fast ferry and workboat applications. Special custom made designs are available on request.
Ergonomic design, safe operation
The ergonomic design of AlphaBridge follows regulations and enables intuitive, comfortable operation, which enhances the safety of your vessel. A unique facility to adjust the height of monitors and the work shelf in eight increments means that AlphaBridge is the first system to enable navigation and communication equipment operation from both a seated or standing position. Standard supply features simple manual height adjustment, while reliable electrical adjustment is available as an option.
Setting standards, in space saving design
The AlphaBridge aim is to minimize the space that each individual component uses on the bridge console, resulting in a solution that follows the latest thinking in ergonomics and class rules. Perfectly suited to even the largest container vessels with their relatively small wheelhouses, which are often sized down to maximize the cargo volume of the vessel.
Moored tightly, as is the concept
JRC and Alphatron Marine designs, builds, delivers, installs and provides technical support for high-spec navigation and communication equipment on board ships. Our experience and expertise enhances the safety of your ships and crews in increasingly busier shipping lanes, whilst boosting fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. The result is more efficient operations, fewer errors and ultimately, a stronger bottom line.
In recent years we have taken our position as an established technology specialist and systems integrator to the next level, through intensive collaboration with specialist shipyards and shipowners. In accordance with our desire to respond even better to changing needs in the maritime world, we initiated a strategy to develop more Products in-house. Alphatron Marine has since become a leading producer and co-producer of complete bridge systems.
A good start, in all dimensions
In close contact with the shipyard, owner and naval architect, a full 3D proposal is created before the actual bridge layout is taken into Production. As a result of our flexible and modular approach, multiple variants based on the core AlphaBridge concept may be composed to ensure we offer the best solution for your vessel.
All AlphaBridges carry the same DNA, with the same uniform design and control functionality that the aviation industry uses to secure safety at 30,000ft, which ensures safety and efficiency at sea level.
Innovation, in form and function
A unique CAN bus dimming circuit controls the brightness on all AlphaBridge control panels and other equipment if suitable. A patented snap on mounting system makes it possible to fit control panels and Alphatron Marine designed monitors without tools. As a result, a minimal amount of screws or mounting bolts are visible.
Full control, your way
Full, flexible and ergonomic control is a leading principle in the AlphaBridge system. You can choose customized joysticks or trackpad controls of the same type and quality as used by the aviation industry, and reflecting the flexibility of AlphaBridge, you can specify and personalise all control functions on demand.
With thrusters, the choice is yours
We can easily integrate thruster control systems installed by the shipyard or provide our high quality thruster control technology as part of a total AlphaBridge solution.
A new definition of ergonomics
The Dutch Pilot Organization ordered three new pilot station vessels. After a careful selection procedure, the AlphaBridge concept was chosen as the heart and brain of these sophisticated new craft. In addition to advanced navigation and communication equipment, we installed various operational control desks that fully complied with the high ergonomic standards required for safe pilot operations.
Limited space, unlimited functionality
Modern tugboats are equipped with azimuth thrusters that are manoevrable through 360°. The AlphaBridge tugboat variant ensures all round visibility and vessel control, without compromise. The AlphaMultiCommand Chair can rotate 180° allowing for various compatible design options suitable for ASD, Rotortug, Z-Peller, Schottel and Voith Schneider.
Sitting comfortably, truly dynamic positioning
The AlphaMultiCommand Chair is a versatile piece of control equipment suitable for extremely demanding applications. Within easy reach of the operator, a multitude of functions can be accessed or controlled, including: dynamic positioning system, hydroacoustic reference devices, laser radar, fan beam, (chart) radar, ECDIS, conning, CCTV, cargo handling, VHF and alarm monitoring. A touch screen AlphaCommand MFC panel provides access to various auxiliary functions such as screen selection, intercom (AlphaCall), PABX (AlphaConnect), window wipers (AlphaWiper), search light, navigation lights, deck lights and other systems.
The chair is available with full electrical control in respect to height and position, but is also available as a fixed version without electrical adjustment and/or flat armrest. Customized variants can be made on request.
Emphasising the attention to detail in all areas, careful consideration has gone into enhancing the performance, satisfaction and situational awareness of the watch officer. Even as far as strategically placed cup holders, the smallest details are taken care of with AlphaBridge.
Considering redundancy, ergonomics and regulations, hardwire control buttons are also provided, giving direct access to relevant functions required by class or operator.