JRC and Alphatron Marine are pleased to announce the delivery of the AlphaBridge on the double ended passenger ferry Texelstroom built at La Naval Shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. The fully integrated and ergonomically designed bridge features full navigation, (internal) communication and observation equipment, captain’s chairs on sliding rails with steering control built in the armrest and various workstations, with the exact same equipment installed on both ends of the vessel.
The vessel, owned by Dutch company Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO) will be sailing between the city Den Helder on the mainland and the West Frisian island of Texel, situated in the North Sea off the Dutch coast, along the edge of the Wadden Sea. Besides building a sustainable, environmentally friendly vessel, one of the most important objectives is continuity, safety and reliability. In every aspect, the AlphaBridge fits perfectly within this philosophy as it lies in the very foundation of our company.
A complete double bridge package for inland water, but suitable for GMDSS area A1 was selected, which includes navigation, overhead and safety consoles as well as our trusted complementary control and switching panels with centralized dimming and intuitive control. Also part of the AlphaBridge is a complete remote controlled CCTV system featuring no less than 32 IP cameras operated from three different stations and a custom built docking system that detects the distance to shore from several locations to ensure optimal safety for the passengers.
The AlphaBrigde concept was chosen by TESO as the heart and the brain of the vessel, with the principle that our technology should make bridge operation easier. The ergonomic design of our AlphaBridge enables intuitive, comfortable operation, which further enhances the safety of the Texelstroom. Naturally the bridges work independently from each other and include safety override switching between both ends, offering true flexibility to integrated and sophisticated navigation.
About JRC/Alphatron Marine
JRC is a world leading marine electronics producer specializing in the design and manufacture of industry compliant products. Alphatron Marine is a world renowned supplier of integrated bridge solutions, represent major industry brands and manufacturer of unique complementary products to the JRC portfolio. With the full support of Centers of Excellence in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Singapore and Houston, the combined synergies bring quality and innovation to owners, operators and shipyards, redefining the future of ocean, offshore and river navigation.
Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO) has been operating the ferry service between Texel and the mainland since 1907. Most of the 3,100 shareholders are Texel residents. TESO’s objective has not changed since the company was founded: to provide a quality, affordable ferry service between Texel and the mainland. Any profits made are invested primarily in safety, quality and continuity, always focusing on the traveler’s interests.