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7 November 2014
Alphatron Marine has successfully delivered tugboat consoles
Alphatron Marine has successfully delivered the two first one of its kind, tugboat console, to the Elisabeth Ltd owned Robert Allan designed ART 80-32 Hybrid, tugs RT Evolution and RT
The captain of the RT Evolution was very pleased with the result and stated that the revolution of the new design will contribute to the safety of the vessel and the ergonomics for the captain. A little about the revolutionary design: The Alphabridge Tugboat console concept of tomorrow is a design study, performed by Alphatron Marine, together with some of the biggest Tugboat operators in the world. This design study was made to optimize the ergonomics of a tugboat bridge and is to be seen as an opening to a discussion together with the yard and the Owner on how to optimize operation and viewing possibility on board tomorrow’s tugboat. The concept is based on a the principals that the captain has the best achievable ergonomic working position at both fore and aft steering position, one man operable bridge system with all the controls in reach, maximum visibility, reduced size to fit in a small wheelhouse and reduce minimum actions required for the captain to change from forward to aft position. Based on the above principals the tugboat console was designed. 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 and increases reachability of the equipment and increases visibility either manoeuvring forward or aft.
The RT Discovery and RT Evolution maneuverability and strength provide operators with maximum tugboat safety during operations and enhance the operational possibilities enormously. The new ART 80-32 Rotortug® ‘s has a continues bollard pull of over 86 tons and a maximum speed of 13.5 knots ahead and sailing astern, and is doing 7,5 knots sidestepping. In Rotor Tug’s continuation to provide the best tug for the job and in our aim to make tugboat operations as safe as reasonable and practical possible, we emphasize this new ART 80-32 Rotortug® will be a major contribution to achieve NINA (No incidents, no accidents) status for operators The ART 80-32 will change the game again and sets a new industry benchmark. Rotortug B.V. is the company specializing in the design and marketing of the world wide patented Rotor tug design. The Rotortug® distinguishes itself from the conventional ASD, Tractor or Voith Schneider designs by using a triangular propulsion configuration. The excellent maneuverability of this type of tug is superior to all other conventional designs. The Rotortug® has been recognized as the preferred tugboat design in many port over the world.