Every year, tens of thousands of ships navigate along
inland waterways where they must pass thousands of bridges, just in Europe
alone. Each bridge has its own clearance depending on the water level. Most
barges are equipped with a height-adjustable wheelhouse to anticipate the
clearance and thus a safe passage.
However, the captain can never be fully assured that
the wheelhouse has adjusted sufficiently. A too high wheelhouse therefore
results in dozens of collisions each year, with millions of euros in damage to
both ship, bridge and cargo. In addition to the material damage, both staff and
bystanders may suffer potential injury and traffic jams may be possible.
Until now, there were no tools available to the
captain to realise a safe passage. That’s why Sensor Partners developed
Bridgescout is installed on the side of the wheelhouse
and determines the clearance of approaching bridges by means of a patented
system. The screen in the wheelhouse displays the distance of the wheelhouse
compared to the bridge. As soon as the clearance appears to be insufficient,
the captain is instructed to lower the wheelhouse by both a visual and auditory
alarm. Blue represents a safe passage, orange means a critical situation and
with a red screen, the captain will not be able to pass safely.
By using Bridgescout, the captain is alerted so the situation can be anticipated.
Bridgescout is your aid for bridge detection.