Our award-winning Unified Bridge is the result of this research. Taking our learnings and combining this with our experience in ship design and systems integration, it’s a complete redesign of the ship bridge environment.
Simplicity, safety, performance and proximity are the driving forces of the Unified Bridge. This is because everything we’ve done is user-centric. Banks of screens have been replaced with one console showing key information. Levers are always located in set positions (like the pedals in a car), and instead of being on chair arms they have been positioned so operators can choose to sit or stand, enabling them to change position during long watches. The result is an easier-to-use, more comfortable and safer bridge environment. And because the bridge is built from a series of modular consoles, the layout can be designed to suit any vessel type.
The extent to which users are at the heart of the design of the bridge is evident in the little touches that make a big difference. Key equipment is within arm’s reach. The seats have been designed based on those you’d find in a sports car. Every console and screen can be dimmed centrally, meaning operators don’t have to individually change each monitor as dusk falls. Other key auxiliary equipment (such as wipers) is also fully integrated, allowing those operating the bridge to control everything from one place.
The Unified Bridge is a game-changing step forward for ships and the mariners who operate them. Since development, the bridge has been installed on the Stril Lunar, where we’ve continued to undertake user experience research, enabling us to improve the bridge further for future customers.