The 160-metre ASRV will perform numerous tasks for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). “The new vessel is a multi-mission ship designed to sustain geographically dispersed stations, support helicopter operations, sustain shore parties on remote islands, map the seafloor and undertake a variety of scientific activities across the Southern Ocean.

The F.O.D.S consists of a 9.3 metre rack & pinion driven gangway complete with two fixed davits and one radial davit, the equipment is operated by hydraulic and electrical control systems. The application is to deploy specialist scientific instrumentation for environmental monitoring in one of the most hostile areas on the planet… The equipment will be installed on an Australian Government Antarctic Survey vessel under construction by the Damen shipyard group.

The installation consists of a Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) complete with main, cleating and locking cylinders, a manifold to control a bow mounted weathertight hatch high above the waterline, once opened a gangway will then extend 9.3 metres carrying a scientific boom. The hatch and equipment will be installed with Trace Heating elements to prevent ice build-up. When fully deployed the scientific booms will rotate to their working positions to gather environmental data for analysis within the onboard research facility.

The full opening and closing sequence is automatic, controlled by the PLC interface and initiated by the control joysticks located on the control panel. The system is fitted with mechanical locks for both ‘open’ and ‘closed’ positions, preventing unnecessary incidents.
When the hatch is open and secure, the operator will then be able to deploy the gangway using the control joystick and the Rack & Pinion hydraulic drive.

The hydraulic system is driven by twin Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC) electric motors driving pressure compensated axial piston pumps. The drive system gives 100% redundancy as the complete sequence can be completed with one pump. The IP65 solenoid valve is fitted with manual overrides for emergency operation and illuminated caps, giving the operators and ships engineer’s immediate verification of the energised valves controlling operations. All of the automated sequences is controlled by a Siemens PLC the complete electrical system having been supplied by Middlesbrough based MJR Controls. An additional feature is a pendant controller which allows the PLC to be overridden in an event of a proximity switch failure, the pendant is to be used with caution by engineering staff to enable the gangway to be recovered and the hatch closed against the Antarctic’s driving katabatic winds and extreme cold. A secondary emergency hand pump can operate all functions should a total power failure occur.


The sound insulated pumps and optimised power control on all functions plus the use of bio-degradable hydraulic oil (nontoxic to marine life) increases the systems green credentials. The carefully controlled trace heating ensures that the system will function in the harshest conditions both hot and cold as the vessels home base in Australia. This is a first for Tyne Gangway as it is an in-house designed complete control system supported by our partners on the project MJR.

This is a great demonstration of Tyne Gangway’s intent to develop fully powered solutions to complex personnel handling systems internal resources. This then offers the customer a one-stop package, for the complete design and build package adopting full responsibility for the turnkey installation and commissioning.

Tyne Gangway have recently designed and built 3 off 31m Dolphin Access Gangways in record time. “Enquiry to delivery in 5 weeks”

Some of the Tyne Gangway team are pictured on the last gangway exiting the production facility.

Tyne gangway has designed and built a 28m offshore wind turbine Marin Access Gangway. The crane deployed gangway will be used to access Turbine foundations during the installation phase on the Merkur project.

Ken McDonald Managing director of Tyne Gangway (and the lift-rite Group) said ‘having just returned from New Orleans where Tyne Gangway exhibited at the International WorkBoat Show, I am very pleased to see our latest telescopic gangway loaded onto transport in readiness for delivery to our client. This gangway has been delivered on time and on budget and it was great to be informed that we had also received an order for another Turbine Access Gangway. This time from a Japanese Client’

Tyne Gangway, serving the marine industry for over 80 years is exhibiting at the  International WorkBoat Show, November 2017 in New Orleans. The show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators, builders and vendors.

Tyne Gangway, specialising in the design and manufacture of aluminum gangways, accommodation ladders, pedestrian and marine access systems will be showcasing the following products from their portfolio:

  • 50M Offshore Access Bridge
  • Carousel Access System
  • Shore Gangway
  • Accommodation Ladders
  • Walk to Work Gangway
  • Column Gangway

The International WorkBoat Show held annually attracts 15,000 members from the commercial marine industry worldwide, uncovering innovative products and solutions, networking and discovering new industry trends. As attendees have been quoted saying, “everyone in the marine industry is here.”

International WorkBoat Show will take place Wednesday, Nov. 29th – Friday, December 1st in New Orleans, Louisiana. Find us at Booth Number 2235 for more information on our knowledge, products and capabilities.

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Tyne Gangway has installed three Telescopic Self-Levelling Stepped Gangways in the USA.

Two of the gangways have been commissioned and are now ready to service Oil Barges. The third gangway will be commissioned in the next few weeks.

Due to space constraints, the gangways have been designed to be stored vertically and withstand hurricane force winds.

For more information contact Tyne Gangway on (0)191 262 3657

Tyne Gangway shipped 3 off 26m long Aluminium Bridges to Cornwall. The 3m wide bridges were loaded onto specialist extendable wagons.

The convoy was lead by special escort vehicles and later joined by Devon & Cornwall police on the final leg into Falmouth.

 This May saw Tyne Gangway manufacture a record number of Marine Access Systems and not since the early 1990s have we produced so many in one monthly period. 

2 Telescopic Accommodation Ladders for new builds in Canada

4 Accommodation Ladder Systems for new builds in Spain

1 Accommodation Ladder System for a new build in Holland

1 Replacement system for the Irish Navy

1 Replacement system for the RFA vessel Lyme Bay

1 Replacement system for Subsea7 Vessel Seven Kestrel

1 Marine Access System for the Sir David Attenborough Arctic Research Vessel currently under construction in the UK


Tyne Gangway have a worldwide reputation for producing the best accommodation ladder systems. We also provide replacement systems that can be retrofitted to existing Stowage Systems.

We Provide systems that have DNV-GL, ABS, Lloyds Register, Bureau Veritas, RMRS, RINA, CCS, KRS Type Approvals.

Our designs include curve step, fixed step, self-levelling and telescopic systems.

We provide systems that are operated in extreme environments and our low temperature systems are ideal for vessels operating in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.

Project manager Steve Quinan receives a Sliver wristwatch to commemorate 25 years service.

Steve is Tyne Gangways very own expert on Accommodation Ladder systems. He has been instrumental in designing over 500 systems since joining the company in 1992.

Tyne Gangway wins prestigious order to design and build Access Brows for some of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships.

Design is currently underway with delivery of the new brows to start early this year

Tyne Gangway is pleased to announce receipt of an order for the design and manufacture of a forward deployment system for an Antarctic Supply Research Vessel. (ASRV).

The system is due for delivery in August 2017

This order comes at the end of a busy year in which Tyne Gangway has steadily increased their order book for the supply of equipment for Arctic and Antarctic Patrol & Research Vessels.