Associated British Ports required a solution to an interesting engineering problem. When a Cruise Liner docks at a port there is a requirement for passengers to board or exit the liner both safely and efficiently. Many ports incorporate a Sky Bridge to meet the gangway of the ship, but the position of the gangway can vary depending on a number of factors during the docking manoeuvre. To help facilitate a "clean dock" procedure that allows the passengers to board or exit safely, EDS have designed, manufactured and installed large scale automated passenger gate systems at a number of sites. The solution was designed and built specifically for this purpose, in close consultation with the port operators.
Timelapse video footage of EDS operatives fitting one of the passenger gate solutions. .
Integration has included suitable design for the physical fitting of both the main assembly and the automated sliding passenger gates, as well as power, logic controllers, motors, gears and sensor systems for automation. EDS have provided an end to end service for the logistics of the project, including co-ordinating/scheduling the clients onsite requirements and provision of services from multiple agencies.
Lifting one of our passenger boarding gate systems to meet the "Sky Bridge".
From producing a functional specification (based on the clients needs) early in the project lifecycle, to providing full engineering assets and design specifications for scrutiny by all stakeholders. EDS have developed this solution based on the clients requirements from the ground up. The multi-site project has been successful when measured against both the turn around time from conception to completion, or remaining within the budgetry scope of the inital proposals.
An example design drawing: Many 2D/3D CAD assets were produced/processed in support of the clients requirements.