Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan company TEAM Ports&Maritime has won the contract to build five passenger boarding bridges for Hong Kong’s new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, which has been designed by Norman Foster. According to the Barcelona-based company, the business operation is the largest ever made within the sector, involving €16.4 million. In fact, TEAM is becoming the world’s leader in sophisticated passenger boarding bridges for cruise and ferry terminals, with offices in Barcelona and Miami, and a factory in Monzón (in Aragón). In the last number of weeks, the maritime services and engineering company, which is part of the ADELTE Group, has also won contracts to design, build and install two passenger boarding bridges at the new White Bay Cruise Terminal in the port of Sydney (Australia) and two more in Port Canaveral’s new cruise ship terminal, in Florida (USA). Furthermore, in late February, TEAM installed three passenger boarding bridges at Singapore’s International Cruise Ship Terminal.
The company explained through a press release that “along with the promise of spectacular Norman Foster architecture”, the five passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) will be “some of the largest and most modern PBBs ever supplied”. Furthermore, they “will allow docking from the biggest to the smallest cruise ships”. TEAM is proud to develop high-technology bridges and “in order to achieve a green design, these PBBs will also be the first equipped with external lighting supplied by their own solar panels”, they stated.
TEAM Managing Director, Jordi Floreta, stated: “Such an important project will establish Hong Kong as a major cruise ship hub in Asia and reinforce TEAM’s leadership in the region”. The PBBs “will be transported fully assembled from Barcelona to Hong Kong, becoming the biggest units ever transported in this manner”, explained TEAM. The Catalan company confirmed that the first three PBBs would arrive at the Chinese port in early 2013.