In the high seas of remote Alaska, loading and unloading people and supplies can be treacherous. SafeRack’s MarinaStep custom marine gangway proved to be the perfect solution for a local fish processor’s safety improvements. In the case of this particular project, the berthing area was not square with the face of the dock causing the work barge to be vulnerable to hazards when aggressive storms blew in. Keeping vessel operators safe regardless of the weather and efficient loading and unloading of products and supplies was the key in keeping this busy fish processing plant running smoothly.
The MarinaStep custom gangway was designed with legs of differing heights to even out the loading dock. These legs support a 4’ by 30’ long truss gangway using a flat ramp walk surface stamped with durable traction surface and cleats to allow for operation at angles up to 30 degrees. The gangway also pivots left and right with an attachment that allows operators to quickly disengage and remove it from the platform. The gangway can also be collapsed and stored easily during the off-season.
The challenging design requirements for this project were no problem for our talented team. Our installation specialists made a visit to the remote location to ensure total success. Our ability to meet the client’s tight deadline was imperative as any delay would have impacted their production for the entire season. The delivery of this product was the fun part. The MarinaStep gangway was shipped from South Carolina to Seattle by truck and then loaded onto a barge for the trip north. The trek took a total of nearly 2 months and the project was a huge success.