• 7 July, 2022

ADELTE Group welcomes new investors

Barcelona, 7 July 2022 – ADELTE GROUP announced that a group of eight Spanish private industrial investors formalized the purchase from venture-capital fund Baring Equity Group of 50,5%  of shares of ADELTE Group, thereby finalizing the 11 years involvement of Baring in the world leading provider of Passenger Boarding Bridges.

In 2011, ADELTE Group signed an agreement with Baring Private Equity Partners to increase ADELTE’s capital and to support its growth in the Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridge business, as well as re-launch the activity of Airport Passenger Boarding Bridges, while at the same time increasing the activity of Services business. This agreement allowed the development of airport and port activities throughout the world, expanding its presence in more than 37 countries and exporting 80% of its business through advanced engineering solutions.

Today ADELTE Group is composed of the following shareholders: The new eight private industrial investors (50%), the founding families (45%) and members of the Management Team (5%)

Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of ADELTE Group commented: “We are very grateful for the contribution and support made by Baring Private Equity during all these years; they have been a great partner by allowing us to continuously improve our management systems. This change in the shareholding entails a strong commitment to ADELTE and reinforces the company’s financial structure to undertake an ambitious and exciting business plan in the coming years. The executive team that has been doing a great job during these times of the pandemic will continue to be responsible for management of the Group. Although our current turnover continues to be affected by the pandemic, the plan is to reach pre-pandemic figures in the next three years.”.

  • 15 December, 2021

Bremenports selects ADELTE’s Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges for the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven

The contract for three new and significantly larger boarding bridges is part of a modernization project to enlarge the quay of the Cruise Terminal with 20 meters into the river Weser.

Barcelona, 15th December 2021 – ADELTE, a Spanish engineering group based in Barcelona and the world leading specialist in the design and manufacture of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges for Cruise and Ferry Terminals has been contracted by Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG to design and manufacture three PEGASUS Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) and to 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 meters and enlarged by 20 meters 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.

Robert Howe, Managing Director Bremenports welcomed the cooperation with ADELTE. “The new construction of the quay will not only improve cruise passenger access to the ships. The visually attractive and technically ultra-modern bridges will be a clear expression that Bremerhaven offers the best conditions for cruise ships”.

Perpendicular to the berthing line installed, these PEGASUS type boarding bridges with a length of 56 meters will be the largest ever created. 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 meters over sea level. The three SPBBs move longitudinally along the quay, allowing the 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.

When the three SPBBs are installed in Bremerhaven, ADELTE will have a total of nine SPBBs installations at German ports (currently three in Kiel and three in Hamburg) During the current pandemic ADELTE has delivered a total of eighteen (18)  SPBBs to Cruise and Ferry Terminals around the world; three to Port Canaveral (USA), three to Port Miami (USA), one to Boston (USA) two to Brisbane (Australia), four to Dubai (UAE) two to Southampton (UK) one to Québec (Canada) one to Calais (France) and one to Kobe (Japan).

  • 2 March, 2021

Seville airport to set up ADELTE’s innovative remote Passenger Boarding Bridge Operating System

Seville to become the world’s first airport with all autonomous and remotely controlled and operated PBBs.

Barcelona, 2nd March 2021 – ADELTE, a Spanish engineering group based in Barcelona and the world leading specialist in the design and manufacture of Airport and Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) has recently been contracted by the Spanish airports operator AENA to implement ARCOS®  an innovative and state-of-the-art Remote Control Operating System developed by ADELTE which allows PBBs to be remotely operated from the airport’s technical control room and manoeuvred autonomously to and from all types of commercial aircraft.

ARCOS® is part of a contract through which ADELTE will replace all current boarding systems and design, manufacture and install six (6) PBBs, six (6) Pre-conditioned Air Units (PCAs), six (6) Ground Power Units (GPUs) and fourteen (14) Visual Docking Guidance Systems (VDGS) at Seville Airport.

ARCOS® has been developed by ADELTE’s engineers over the past five years. The objective of the system is to efficiently reduce operating times and accurately dock and undock PBBs in all weather conditions, whilst at the same time reducing the airport’s OpEx by centralizing PBB operations.

In 2020, the system was successfully tested with four airlines at Seville Airport and with PBBs that were not designed and manufactured by ADELTE, proving that the system can be implemented with any PBB made by any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Furthermore, Bureau Veritas has certified ARCOS® as compliant with Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery, making ARCOS® a secure system with all the necessary ISO guarantees to operate PBBs remotely.

The initiative developed with ADELTE and the innovation projects in which AENA is currently working, constitute an emerging asset for the Spanish airport operator, whose objective is to promote the implementation of technological solutions that make processes and services more efficient in the airport environment.

Patxi Artiz, Airport Business Unit Director at ADELTE commented: “ARCOS® is the solution that will mark a turning point in PBB handling and have an impact on airport operations around the world. ARCOS® stands for highly efficient procedures, significant cost savings and reduction in docking and undocking times which benefits both passengers and airport operators”.

  • 26 January, 2021

ADELTE advances and achieves its environmental sustainability goals

ADELTE Group and all its companies are committed to environmental sustainability, not only from the perspective of responsibility or as a mechanism to manage certain types of risks and waste more efficiently, but also as a sustainable business model.

Our priority in environmental matters is to minimize the negative impacts of our activities on the environment, focusing our actions on preventing spills, optimizing resource consumption, and minimizing, segregating and properly managing waste.

As established by our ISO 14001 environmental management certificate, ADELTE is committed to the sustainable development of the society, reporting each year quantifiable results such as the consumption of natural materials, waste or CO2 emissions.

During 2018 the electricity consumption was 1637 kWh per worker and in 2019 it was 1284.23 kWh. Therefore, we are pleased to communicate that we have achieved the goal of reducing during 2019 the electricity consumption of each worker by 21.56% compared to the previous year, which means avoiding the emission of 123.6 kg CO2 into the atmosphere.

Congratulations to all for your effort and awareness in respecting the environment!

  • 13 February, 2020

UNE 27800:2020 – A new Standard for Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges

ADELTE, an engineering group based in Barcelona and the world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges, is pleased to announce that the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, has recently approved and published UNE 27800:2020, a new standard for Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) destined for cruise and ferry terminals.

This new Spanish standard specifies safety and security requirements, as well as performance and operating specifications for SPBBs, which are used to service all types of cruise ships and ferries. The standard is intended to improve fulfilment of the stipulations laid out in the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, setting specific and vital minimum criteria for safe, durable and practical boarding bridges.

For over a decade, various interest groups in the Spanish cruise and ferry industries have insisted on a need to regulate this type of equipment. Currently, there is no harmonized European standard under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, the European regulation governing SPBBs. ADELTE therefore took the initiative in 2018 to promote the creation of a working group within the UNE’s Standardization Technical Committee CTN 27, with the elaboration of a reference standard as goal. This group has worked during two years under a consensus basis and the participation of all stakeholders: cruise terminal operators, cruise ship builders, cruise lines, certification bodies and engineering companies.

The standard specifies technical requirements to minimize hazards that may arise during the commissioning, operation and maintenance of SPBBs for cruise ships and ferries when used as intended -even foreseeing the most common errors in use-, according to manufacturers’ or authorized representatives’ instructions. It also stipulates other essential requirements as recommended by port authorities, cruise and ferry companies, as well as cruise and ferry operators, terminal operators and engineering companies.

UNE 27800:2020 applies to fixed and mobile bridges for boarding and disembarking passengers to cruise ships and ferries. It is applicable from the interface with the terminal building or pier, to the connection with the ship, including the fixed tunnels that are part of a SPBB.

For more information, please visit the Spanish Association for Standardisation’s website: www.une.org

  • 19 September, 2019

ADELTE relaunches Apronaut at Inter Airport Europe 2019

Barcelona, 19th September 2019 – ADELTE, an engineering group based in Barcelona and the world’s leading specialist in the design and manufacture of Airport and Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges will officially relaunch its revamped Passenger Boarding Bridge (PBB) docking simulator Apronaut at the world’s leading exhibition for airport equipment “Inter Airport Europe” on 8-11 October 2019 in Munich

ADELTE, already well-known for their PBB and Preconditioned Air Unit (PCA) product lines, returns to Inter Airport this year with their improved PBB docking simulator Apronaut. Apronaut is the world’s first software-based PBB docking simulator, allowing comprehensive training for PBB operators in a zero-risk environment. The simulator allows staff to train repeatedly, performing docking and undocking procedures on any type of aircraft, quickly gaining skills and confidence without the need to risk real equipment or take PBBs out of service.

Apronaut was first launched at Inter Airport in 2011 and, due to an increased interest from airports around the globe, the system has been redeveloped over the past year to include a flat screen displaying the aircraft and PBB cabin, and a real control & drive console. Thanks to Apronaut’s custom-made hardware and software, users can practice docking in the most realistic way possible, using control panels matching those of any PBB at any airport in the world, and visualising various types of aircrafts and airport environments as well as the movements of a PBB, adapted to any situation.  With HD graphics, real-time control, a tailor-made screen, and a real operator desk, Apronaut’s realistic virtual apron environment offers a rich interactive multimedia experience in which trainees can make mistakes without consequences.

Apronaut’s patented software generates detailed reports on user training, allowing supervisors to monitor progress, compare performance statistics, and assess whether trainees are ready to obtain their PBB operator certificate. The simulator’s active internet connection, secure remote database, and specially designed Apronaut Cloud website means that users can view reports and manage training from any PC or mobile device. Last but not least, supervisors obtain specific insights through Apronaut’s data-analytics, for example

  • At which stands trainees have most problems with docking manoeuvres (related to time, incoherent actions, etc.)
  • Which are the most common mistakes made by trainees or operators carrying out retraining
  • Global and specific KPI’s, established by specific stand, aircraft or operator.

During the Inter Airport Europe trade-show, attendees are invited to visit the ADELTE stand number 1442 to experience the future of PBB docking first-hand. Visitors can either see a live demonstration or even practice with the Apronaut docking simulator themselves.

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