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Security on cruise ship boarding bridges

Security on cruise ship boarding bridges


The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has just published a pioneering standard in Europe: UNE 27800:2020 Safety and security requirements for Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges.

This Spanish standard specifies safety and security requirements, as well as performance and operating specifications for Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBB) which are used to service all types of cruise ships and ferries. The standard specifies technical requirements to minimize hazards that may arise during the commissioning, operation and maintenance of SPBBs, and foresee the most common errors in use.

The standard was spearheaded by ADELTE, an engineering group dedicated to the design and manufacture of these bridges, with the participation and consensus of all the parties involved. A technical body was thus established within the Technical Committee for Standardization CTN 27, on Shipbuilding and ship repair industry, marine equipment and technology within the UNE. The standard was developed with the participation of stakeholders including cruise terminal operators, shipbuilders, cruise lines, certification bodies and engineering companies.

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.