History of Tyne Gangway

Tyne Gangway was established in 1934 when most of the world’s marine access equipment was manufactured from selected hardwood and built by skilled carpenters.

In the 1950s Aluminium gangways were introduced to the market; the construction was aluminium angle and plate with rivetted connections.

In the 1960s Tyne Gangway were pioneers in the introduction of lightweight aluminium alloys for manufacturing their gangways. Their reputation grew and at one point they were the largest supplier of gangways in the world. Boasting in 1965 that they had supplied gangways and accommodation ladders to 78% of the ships completed in the UK.

Tyne Gangway 1934 History
Tyne Gangway People History

In 1978 British Standards were introduced for the manufacturing and supply of aluminium gangways.

In the early 1980’s the company introduced welding. Today Tyne Gangway weld in their DNV-GL weld shop using the latest synergic pulse machines which offer superior quality and high performance.

In 2016 Tyne Gangway received Type Approval for their Shala and Sala range of gangways.

Tyne Gangway is owned by The Benbecula Group. The group is recognised by service quality and measured by on-time delivery which fits perfectly with the ethos of Tyne Gangway.

The founder of Tyne Gangway was very creative with his marketing, designing his own advertisements at the drawing board. Here is a selection of his advertisements and hand drawn works from the company’s extensive archive.

Our Group

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In October 2017 Tyne Gangway, became part of Benbecula Group, a privately funded group of companies based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The move greatly strengthens the portfolio via its new sister companies Lift-Rite Engineering Services, Cylinder Service Centre and TyneTec Engineering, all of whom serve the offshore, marine and land based engineering sectors.

The Benbecula Group was formed to enable a select group of companies to integrate their specific industry skills and individual strengths to become trusted, specialist partners of choice through an organic and acquisitive growth plan. The group is recognised by service quality and measured by on-time delivery which fits perfectly with the ethos of Tyne Gangway.


Load and Testing Services, Rigging and Mobilisation.

Lift Rite Bg

TyneTec Engineering

Design Engineering Consultants

Tynetec Background

The Cylinder Service Centre

Hydraulic Cylinder Design, Manufacture and Repair

Cylinder Service Centre Repair

Tyne & Wear Oils

Hydraulic Oils and Fluids Supplier

Tooth Gear Wheel Machining