Tyne Gangway (Structures) Limited is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which supports those who protect our nation, veterans, and their families.

The covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families; that they should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy, and society they serve with their lives.

It focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same support as any other citizen, spanning education, housing, starting a career, access to healthcare, financial assistance, and more.

Several of our employees have UK Armed Forces affiliations, including myself, whose husband is a former field and staff officer. We see the contribution of our Armed Forces in their worldwide deployments, but during the Crisis, we have also seen their contribution to our daily lives – driving ambulances, administering tests, constructing temporary hospitals, etc. Tyne Gangway supports and implements the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant – serving our Armed Forces as they serve us.

Allan Hills, Tyne Gangway’s Storeman & Logistics Co-ordinator said: “As a veteran, it’s good working for a business that supports servicemen and their families”.

Congratulations to our newly qualified fabricators and welders, who have recently completed their apprenticeship programme. All passed with flying colours and are ready to embark on the next phase of their careers working at Tyne Gangway.

When asked how they feel about their recent success:

Brent Whitlie “I feel that completing my apprenticeship in Fabrication and welding is a positive milestone to achieve in my career”.

David Nash “It has been a good journey, learning new knowledge and skills, and working with skilled mentors to enhance my practical fabrication and welding skills”.

Alex Tibbs “I feel blessed that I have been given the opportunity to complete my apprenticeship in fabrication and welding at Tyne Gangway. I am looking forward to progressing my career”.

Richard Herron, our Quality, Health & Safety Manager, said “all three apprentices have put in maximum effort and hard work during their apprenticeship linked to TDR Training, and they are valued members of the Tyne Gangway team. They are now ready to continue the legacy, being some of the youngest fabricators and welders within the workshop”.  “Good work, gentlemen”.

It was also good the hear from Bryan, TDR training “well done to Brent, Alex, and David in completing their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships with Tyne Gangway. It’s been a great experience for TDR Training to work alongside such a supportive company and one that values the learner journey”.


We support and value our people in their career development and are currently training 4 welding & fabrication apprentices and 1 apprentice draughtsman.

We recently caught up with them to ask what they enjoy most about working for us:

Alex said, “Completing an apprenticeship with Tyne Gangway opens many career pathways, marine, and structural access, whether it be on-site, onshore, or offshore”.

Brent said, “It’s a unique and practical trade”.

David said, “I enjoy the variation and challenges that come with each job”.

Kieran said, “having the opportunity to learn the skill of welding and building bespoke structures. I hope to progress within the industry i.e., gain a range of welding certificates”.

Jack, who has recently changed to become the apprentice draughtsman, said, “I really enjoy the ‘hands-on’ aspect of the job, I get a sense of satisfaction seeing the jobs completed”.

Their peers have reviewed each apprentice, and all received positive feedback on their work ethics, skills, and knowledge levels. This is a very beneficial endorsement to receive within the work environment.  They carry out learning on the job and their ‘off the job’ theoretical studies on-site, with the support of their line management and TDR Training. Each apprentice is dedicated and endeavours to complete assignments within the required timescale.

Tyne Gangway Apprentices

We strive to maintain and ensure our standards are always up to date. Therefore, we are pleased to inform our customers we have recently added fixed/folding handrails to our standard range of DNV-GL type approved gangways.

Should you or your business require this type of marine access equipment, please contact us, our team will be happy to assist.

T: 0191 2623657
E: info@tynegangway.com


Safeway Motion Compensated Gangways     Van Aalst Group B.V.      Nortek Services, part of Van Aalst Group     Techano, part of Van Aalst Group

Tyne Gangway’s Managing Director James Russell: “Tyne Gangway is perfectly located to provide local services to the Port of Tyne and the wider UK now offering the services of the Van Aalst Group of companies such as Safeway and Techano. Together we can make major steps to provide a higher level of service and product range”.

Tyne Gangway is a world leader in the design and manufacture of marine access systems, including aluminium gangways, accommodation ladders, shore-based pedestrian access equipment, and special structures. The ideal skills to provide the aluminium inner and outer boom and location for fast servicing for any Safeway and Techano products used on the Dogger Bank Supply base and Service Offshore Vessels (SOVs) serving local offshore wind farms.

Tyne Gangway is part of Benbecula Group which includes Lift-Rite Engineering Services who provide a wide range of lifting gear appliances and engineering. This added benefit will enable the SOV owner to maximise service and minimise costs. Helping reduce the LCOE by lowering the service costs and de-risking the SOV project team with locally available service and repair of the mission equipment Gangways and 3D cranes.

Van Aalst Group’s CEO Wijnand van Aalst is very pleased to announce the important step for Safeway and Van Aalst Group of companies to grow further in the markets of Motion Compensated Gangways and 3D cranes. “The local UK team will support Van Aalst’s business perfectly, further the alliance and will allow both Safeway and Tyne Gangway to grow collaborative engineering, production and servicing teams to create synergies to strengthen their sales proposition. Safeway is already contracted to work on Dogger Bank Wind Farm with a Safeway Osprey type of gangway, mounted on OHT’s wind farm installation vessel MV Alfa Lift”.

Van Aalst Group is a diversified group of world class companies with co-owners as NIBC Bank and Port of Rotterdam providing products for developing markets such as Renewables and Aquaculture. With Techano and Nortek, Kristiansand – Norway based companies, Van Aalst Group is even more ready for Renewables market in UK area. Techano produces for example 3D cranes for offshore and renewables industry and they have a strong market share in the rising Aquaculture market. Nortek is specialised in service for load handling equipment, providing remote service and they are a hands-on specialist to solve any software, electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical problem in cranes or gangways.


Contact Tyne Gangway:

James Russell, Managing Director,



Contact Van Aalst Group / Safeway:

Wijnand van Aalst, CEO,




Contact Techano:

Øystein Bondevik, Business Development / Sales Director,



Facts about Doggerbank:
Equinor and SSE Renewables, the two companies behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have recently announced plans to build a new Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the Port of Tyne. This will strengthen Port of Tyne positioning to become low-carbon industrial hub and the facility will bring hundreds of jobs and supply chain opportunities to the North East. Equinor selected the Port of Tyne as the supply base and will provide local business decades to come. Dogger Bank Wind Farm is an offshore wind farm being developed in three phases – Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C – located between 130km and 190km from the North East coast of England at their nearest points. Collectively they will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Each phase will have an installed generation capacity of up to 1.2GW and represents a multi-billion-pound investment. Combined, they will have an installed capacity of up to 3.6GW and will be capable of powering up to 6 million UK homes during its 25-year lifespan.


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