TEAM Ports & Maritime, the world leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) for cruise and ferry terminals, has successfully completed the assembly, testing and shipping of three boarding bridges for the International Cruise Terminal in Singapore. The first phase of this complex operation has been carried out during the last months in TEAM’s manufacturing plant in Monzón (Huesca) and in the Port of Barcelona.
In a second stage the three Passenger Boarding Bridges have been embarked on a special heavy lifter ship in a specific embarkation sequence, in order to be disembarked right on their final position in the International Cruise Terminal in Singapore, being operative without any additional movement.
Each one of these SEDNA model PBBs was disassembled in four completely finished pieces to be shipped: two tunnels, two structures. TEAM has re-assembled all the different parts in a short installation operation.
In October 2010, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) awarded to TEAM a contract of 7.6 million Euros to design, manufacture, and supply three Passengers Boarding Bridges, with a fourth one optional in 2012. The contract was the result of a highly competitive international tender that began in 2009.
Among the design parameters set by STB for mobile PBBs, stands out the PBBs’ capacity to serve cruise ships with doors located from 7 to 18 m height above sea level, including the new generation mega-ships with overhanging lifeboats like the Oasis-Class of Royal Caribbean, the Carnival Dream and the Norwegian Epic.
Each one of these SEDNAs has two 33 meters glass tunnels, are controlled through PLC and are equipped with solid rubber bogies, electro-mechanical lifting systems, anti-slip flooring, air conditioning and a cabin with a unique integrated telescopic ramp which automatically follows the movements of the vessel and undocks safely in an emergency situation. The structure allows continuous traffic of trucks, equipments and ship suppliers on the berth. TEAM PBBs have a maximum slope of 1:12 and they are compliant with all the latest regulations and safety standards. Intermediate landings are located in the tunnels to increase comfort and ease the way to disabled passengers.