Maryland Port Administration contracted ADELTE in June 2010 to design, manufacture and install an innovative Passenger Boarding Bridge for the South Locust Point Cruise Terminal in the Port of Baltimore. The state-of-the-art PBB help improve safety and comfort for cruise operations in Baltimore. The PBB is innovative as the system is the first of its kind. It consists of an enclosed air-conditioned mobile walkway structure with four fixed tunnel sections leading from quay level up to a height of 7 meters. At this highest point an integrated rotunda connects the walkway module with a 3-tunnel telescopic boarding bridge, defined as a KRONUS.The KRONUS is also air-conditioned and features next to an electro-mechanical driving system an electro- mechanical lifting system to reach the required highest and lowest elevations and match up with ship shell doors on various cruise ships.
ADELTE’s Passenger Boarding Bridge is completely mobile, has the capability to drive along the whole quay and is able to connect with cruise ship entry doors at various levels. The whole steel structure consists of glass mounted tunnel sections and the cabin of the PBB is equipped with a uniquely integrated telescopic docking ramp that, when attached to the side of a cruise ship automatically follows the vessel’s movements and will safely undock in the event of an emergency. The clearance under the PBB allow for continuous truck, equipment and supplies traffic on the quay. The PBB is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and meets all other current laws, regulations, codes and standards and satisfies operating requirements.
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