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Types of Gangways

7/19/2012 8:00:05 AM | by Anonymous


Platforms that connect a ship to a harbor are known as gangways. They allow people to move from one place to another or items to be loaded into and unloaded from ships. Although gangways can be used for other purposes as well, it is more commonly used in reference to the ramps which are lowered from ships to allow movement. Boards and span trenches that are used in building sites and also the many passages that are inside ships are also gangways. In technical terms, gangways are like ramps; smooth and sloping


The word gangways is coined from the Anglo-Saxon words “gangs” which means “path” and “wey” which mean “way”. As the name would suggest, gangways are designed so that they can create a pathway that can be used to cross a pace. They are somewhat similar to bridges, but the difference being they are used in shipping industry or other industrial applications and also they are not permanent like pathways as they can be folded or removed. In simple terms, gangways are platforms that are designed so that they can be raised, adjusted and locked in a place for people to walk over or goods to be transferred and later be removed. Large cargo ships may even have gangways that allow vehicles to make use of them to enter the ship for loading and unloading or be stowed for shipping. Some ships have gangways that are attached to them that can be folded when not in use and moved into place when required.


There are many types of gangways used in the industry that are made of various different materials and serve different functions. Typical modern gangways are usually lightweight and strong so that they can be employed quickly and easily. Older gangways that were normally made of wood can still be seen being used today, however with some modifications such as rails along the sides that would prevent falls and provide stability to the people walking over the gangway.


Beam Brow Fiberglass Gangways

These gangways, as the name would suggest, are made out of fiberglass. They typically have a width of 24 feet and feature low magnetic permeability which makes them well suited for vessels used for warfare activity. Some otherfeatures of these gangways can be that they have a foldable handrail and a non-slipping surface that allows for better movement.


Beam Brow Aluminum Gangways

These gangways are made from heavy duty welded aluminium construction which makes them very durable. They also have features such as drainage systems that prevent the accumulation of water and the durable non-slip surface makes it easy to walk over them, even in slippery conditions preventing any accidents from occurring. They also include lashing ring bolts and standard gunwale clip that secures the ship’s side to and a dock roller. They are designed to suit ships of various sizes which make them very versatile.


Aluminum Gangway

These gangways are similar to Beam Brow Aluminium Gangways with minimal differences. They feature a foldable handrail that allows for easy storage using minimal space and can be easily extended outwards when the need arises. As the name would suggest, they also feature aluminium construction which makes them very light weight and durable. The surface of these gangways is rough which allows for more friction thus preventing a slippery surface to ensure no accidents occur. There is also a drainage system to prevent any water accumulation and cause the system to malfunction.



There are several other types of gangways designed to match customers’ requirements and needs be it in the shipping business or any other industry that makes use of gangways. Manufacturers constantly develop newer designs to provide more benefits and match the requirements of customers.

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