Tyne Gangway and Dutch Safeway sign a Co-operation Agreement.

Tyne Gangway (structures) Ltd - Location

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.