We are an
ENGINEERING AND CONSULTING FIRM
Specializing in Port Equipment Consulting, Port Facility Engineering and Equipment Maintenance
PBA can provide management of the maintenance and procurement for ports/operators throughout the world, including planning and directing daily activities, training and certification of employees, auditing of equipment assets, and procurement of new assets and parts.
PBA International is headquartered in Shanghai and can provide owner/operators daily engineering and inspection services (TPI) for port equipment manufactured in China and other locations throughout the Far East and Europe. Our inspectors also travel around the world to complete the commissioning and inspection processes. PBA International commenced its operation in January 2013. It is known from our experience that using a TPI company like PBAI for quality assurance and control during fabrication is most efficient and highly beneficial to our clients.
PBA provides professional engineering services, project management, and consulting services to the maritime industry worldwide, specializing in container and bulk handling equipment, cruise terminal equipment, and waterfront facilities. PBA provides owners and operators an efficient and proven method for acquiring all types of equipment for the maritime industry and will provide facility design in port facilities across the Americas and throughout the world. Our expertise also extends into port equipment remodels, relocations, appraisals, and demolitions.
PBA Maintenance provides daily equipment maintenance, consulting and on-call troubleshooting expertise, as well as management services for all types of port equipment. PBA Maintenance currently has locations/operations in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Paul Bridges & Associates, LLC ("PBA") has deep roots: from the infancy of containerization to the inception of Super Post-Panamax ships. Our President and lead engineer, Paul E. Bridges, was a principal for ECG (who has been recognized as one of the leaders in the origin of containerization), Principal Engineer and President of GBB, and Vice President of Shaw GBB.
At PBA, we offer unparalleled experience to ports and port companies. Our principal staff has decades of experience in civil/structural/mechanical/electrical engineering with associates involved in all other engineering disciplines, and has been engaged in numerous port-related projects including planning, specifications, design, and construction of port facilities and for crane procurement projects worldwide. PBA can also offer maintenance, inspections, and management of existing port equipment.
Our company’s employees and associates have provided assistance to ports and port companies worldwide and on 5 continents.
PBA was founded by Paul Bridges and Ellis Bridges in January 2013. Their goal was to recreate an Entrepreneurial-type atmosphere that reflected experience gained at ECG and GBB. By reaching their goal, PBA can be flexible in its assistance to clients and has every opportunity to be creative.
The PBA family of companies currently has dozens of employees in offices throughout the world.
OUR PRINCIPAL STAFF
PAUL E. BRIDGES, P.E.
D. ELLIS BRIDGES
WILLIAM J. HESS, P.E.
SCOTT H. WEBSTER, P.E.
Mr. Bridges has over 35 years of experience specializing in civil/structural engineering and has been engaged in numerous port related projects including planning, specifications, design and construction management of port facilities and for crane procurement projects worldwide. Mr. Bridges, in addition to being President, is also PBA's Lead Engineer.
Mr. Bridges started a port equipment spare parts company, International Parts Logistics, LLC, in 2011 to service the port industry’s need for spare and replacement parts. He has also been engaged in equipment procurement and project management for several ports/projects for PBA and IPL. He filled the role of Vice President after the founding of PBA, and has been engaged in several crane procurement and management projects in varying capacities.
Mr. Hess has over 40 years of professional engineering experience, including responsibility for mechanical, structural and electrical design of material handling equipment as Chief Engineer for Paceco and others. He has worked extensively on the design of new equipment, as well as modifications of existing equipment. Mr. Hess joined PBA in 2014 and since has been involved with multiple procurement and design projects.
Mr. Webster has designed, modified, and relocated ship to shore container cranes and other material handling equipment for facilities in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas for over 25 years. Additionally, he has provided engineering services for numerous other commercial, hospitality, educational, community, religious, and industrial projects. Mr. Webster
joined PBA in 2015.
PAUL BRIDGES & ASSOCIATES
OUR MAIN OFFICE
156 Saint Anthony Street, Mobile, AL 36603 USA
Tel: +1 (251) 445-2973
Fax: +1 (251) 445-2976
Hours: 0800-1800 CT (UTC-5/6)
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A SAMPLING OF OUR RECENT PROJECTS
KING ABDULLAH PORT, SAUDI ARABIA
PBA and PBAI provided a port operator professional procurement and inspection oversight for this port in Saudi Arabia. consisting of 20 STS and 68 RTG cranes. PBA has assisted in the procurement of all container handling cranes at this site since its groundbreaking in 2012.
PBA and PBAI provided consulting engineering and third party inspection services to PSA Halifax for the delivery of a new container crane for their existing facility in Halifax, Canada. This project commenced in 2019 and the new crane went into service in 2020.
PORTMIAMI, CRUISE TERMINAL E, USA
PBA is providing consulting and oversight services to PortMiami for the erection and commissioning of two (2) passenger boarding bridges for Miami's Cruise Terminal "E." The project was completed in 2021.
PORT TAMPA BAY, USA
PBA and PBAI provided consulting engineering and inspection oversight services to Port Tampa Bay to assist with the procurement of two new STS cranes for a facility in Tampa, Florida. The shipment included travel under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The crane went into service in 2016.