Adjusting automatically with the tide, it is one of two air bridges that will be permanently positioned at the cruise terminal, providing ship to shore access.
From berth 102 it was lifted into position using specialist quayside cranes.
‘A strong investment’
‘The Horizon Cruise Terminal is a strong investment in the future of cruise for the Port of Southampton,’ commented Alastair Welch, regional director, Associated British Ports (ABP) Southampton. ‘Taking delivery of one of the new airbridges marks a significant step towards welcoming our first cruise ship and passengers at the terminal – and one that we’re very excited about.’
The new Horizon Cruise Terminal is located at the port’s Western Docks, inside dock gate 10.