Barcelona, 23rd of November 2012 – ADELTE Ports & Maritime has been awarded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Turner Construction Corporation a contract to design, manufacture, assemble, transport and install two HYDRA Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York. The Passenger Boarding Bridges will provide seamless access for cruise guests from cruise terminal building to NCL’s Breakaway and vice versa. The NCL Breakaway will start turnaround operations in New York as of May 2013.

With these PBBs the Manhattan Cruise Terminal is equipped to fully service the embarkation and disembarkation of cruise guests to any new generation mega cruise ship with overhanging life boats.

“We are pleased to be working with ADELTE again to install these new passenger boarding bridges, which will allow us to accommodate the newest and largest cruise ships, thereby helping to maintain New York City’s place as a leader in the cruise industry” says Thomas Spina, Vice-President and Director of Cruise Operations at NYCEDC.

ADELTE has an extensive experience designing this type of complex equipments. Since 2008, ADELTE has delivered a total of 19 specifically designed Passenger Boarding Bridges to service the new generation cruise vessels at cruise terminals in Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Miami, Baltimore and Port Canaveral (USA) and Singapore. In the next two years ADELTE will also install a total of seven PBBs designed to service these new mega cruise ships at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong and the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney. The new generation cruise vessels such as NCL’s Breakaway and Epic, RCL’s Oasis Class ships or Carnival’s Dream and Magic have the distinction with other current vessels that the lifeboats are located outside the hull. This means that when these ships are moored, their lifeboats are literally hanging over the berth and that all equipment located on the pier should not be obstructive.

The two Passenger Boarding Bridges will be designed and manufactured in Spain. Assembly of the PBBs will take place in the Port of Barcelona, from where they will be placed on a ship and transported to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York.