The AB01 project is committed to creating a new marker which resolves the traditional problem of locating the port entrance whilst making use of an innovative and avant-garde design.
AB01 is a tubular self-contained structure made of stainless steel or gel coat which forms an arc with a 6-metre radius and is equipped with six built-in LED panels. Its optimal positioning is at the end of the outer dock together with the port entrance beacon.
The principal innovation that we are offering resides in the introduction of the concept of movement in port signalling; an element which, moreover, has already been applied in the field of air-traffic signalling and which is very common with road traffic.
Thus, the premium value of AB01 compared to conventional markers is the creation of a light beam, movement of which indicates the position of the exterior port beacon and thus distinguishes itself from all the other lights on the coastline.
However, the initial approach to the project does not end there. The idea was to add aesthetic value to a public construction beyond its functionality. For this reason, AB01 has a carefully developed design, which makes it an item that is capable of being integrated into the surroundings of the port whilst also creating an impact on the casual observer.
Since its installation at the Port of Barcelona in May 2008 the vast majority of the Barcelona port community firms (fishermen unions, forwarders, shipowners, consignees, sailing clubs, shipyards …) have signed an statement where they express a 100 % satisfaction with AB01 and they request the Spanish Port Authority (http://www.puertos.es) its installation in all the Spanish port authorities.
At this moment the Spanish Port Authority has already give its permission to AB01 installation according to IALA regulations and is contacting all the Spanish ports for AB01 installation.