Spanish engineering group Adelte has been contracted by Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG to design and manufacture three Pegasus Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs).
Adelte will also install these bridges at the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven.
The installation of the three new SPBBs complements the new Columbus Quay construction project that began last month. The quay, through which cruise shipping is handled in Bremerhaven, will be rebuilt over a length of 620 metres and enlarged by 20 metres into the Weser by autumn 2023. The Pegasus-type SPBBs will therefore be longer than the current three bridges, which were installed almost two decades ago. With the new bridges, the Columbus Cruise Center can accommodate any large cruise ship, including those with overhanging lifeboats. Adelte will install the first SPBB by the end of March 2023 and the other two before September 2023.
The SPBBs will be composed of two glass sided tunnel sections, a cabin, and a building connection module. The cabin is the most technologically sophisticated part of the SPBB, and can compensate all the movements of a cruise ship when it is docked. Electromechanical elevation systems in the columns allow the SPBBs to reach a boarding height of 16 metres over sea level. The three SPBBs move longitudinally along the quay, allowing boarding from any door position of the Cruise Terminal building. With embarkation, cruise guests will be able to enjoy full views of the cruise ship and the quay. Finally, the bridges will be designed and constructed to resist flooding and to ease maintenance tasks.