Variable truss depth to accommodate your specific gangway length and capacity requirements
Simple, but strong
Our SG series aluminum gangways for barge and ship access use a rugged U-body construction to provide a live load capacity of 750 pounds and can be custom constructed to accommodate even higher load capacities. Depending on the operating angles needed, you can choose from several walk surface styles to improve footing when operating at steeper angles on your brow. Choose from a flat ramp (diamond tread or our stamped aggressive tread used on self-adjusting stair (SAS) series), add cleats to a flat ramp walk surface to allow up to a 30-degree incline, or choose our custom extruded curved treads to allow up to 45 degrees of operation.
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As for handrails, use ropes to secure the vessel to the dock, not to keep your operators from falling off the brow. Ship access can be a dangerous thing in volatile conditions; make that access as safe as possible. Our handrails are laser cut from 2” square tube and robotically-welded from continuous pieces to provide structural stability to the gangway and give your operators the very best in fall prevention. To further set the standard, our handrails get powder coated with high visibility orange giving an aesthetic value that will last for years.
Whether you’re searching for a simple barge ramp or a sophisticated boarding gangway that consists of platforms dealing with large tidal swings requiring ships ladders or even A-frame stairs on the barge or ship side, we’ve got the solution for you. One of our regional managers can provide a free site visit to see how we can make your dock safer.
Marine Gangway Options
Upper platforms, lower platforms, trestle ladders, ship’s ladders, and other options are available for added safety and convenience, including:
Multiple walk surfaces
Slotted decking to help prevent accumulation of snow, sleet and ice
Bulbous cleats in 1' or 2' sizes for improved footing at all angles
Grounding and lightning elimination
Lighting fixtures for increased visibility
Flip plates to ease the transition from gangway to dock surface or ship deck
The walk surface that you should use will depend largely on the overall operating angles that are needed. Consider the vessel empty at high tide (or the highest elevation) and loaded at low tide (or the lowest elevation). This will help identify the angles.
Operating angles up to 20 Degrees
If you have an operating angle of 20 degrees or less, you don’t need to have cleats for extra traction and you can choose between diamond tread (often preferred in residential or light commercial usage), or our stamped aggressive tread (preferred in industrial and heavy commercial usage).
Operating angles up to 30 degrees
If you have an operating angle between 20 and 30 degrees, you can still use a flat ramp style walk surface, but you’ll need to add cleats for extra traction. Cleats are simply extra pieces of material on the gangway that provide additional traction as you walk up and down; you can still choose between diamond tread and stamped aggressive tread if you have cleats.
Operating angles up to 45 degrees
For operating angles up to 45 degrees, you can use our custom extruded curved tread. This isn’t your everyday fabricated material that starts life as a roll of thin metal and gets bent to form a “V” or “C” shape…this is heavy duty. Our curved tread design is much like the rung of a ladder, where the slip-resistance is provided not by paint, but by the material itself. The tread has integrated peaks and valleys that a part of the form, providing years of trustworthy performance, and allowing operators to get on and off the vessels with even the greatest operating angles safely by providing a natural foothold in any angle.
10 ft stage gangway with stamped aggressive tread walk surface
12 ft stage gangway with stamped aggressive tread walk surface
14 ft stage gangway with stamped aggressive tread walk surface
16 ft stage gangway with stamped aggressive tread walk surface
18 ft stage gangway with stamped aggressive tread walk surface
20 ft stage gangway with stamped aggressive tread walk surface