Gangways for the Tall Ships Regatta

Tyne Gangway have agreed to loan (FOC) the Port of Sunderland several gangways for the duration of the Tall Ships Regatta

Tyne Gangway despatch fully automated Forward Operational Deployment System (F.O.D.S) for the Australian Antarctic Supply Research Vessel

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.

Benbecula Group acquires Loadtec Engineered Systems

Loadtec Engineered Systems is delighted to announce the sale of its group of companies comprising; Loadtec Engineered Systems, In Control Projects and Loadtec Service, to Benbecula Group, a privately funded group of companies based in Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Benbecula Group is led by Ally MacDonald, former CEO of Wellstream International and MD of Technip Umbilicals, current Chairman of Tekmar Energy.

The move greatly strengthens The Loadtec Group portfolio via its new sister companies; Tyne Gangway, Lift-rite Engineering Services and DDS Metals which serve the offshore, marine and engineering sectors.

Loadtec, established in 1996, has an excellent global reputation for providing an inclusive design, supply, commissioning and service package for loading arms, tanker access and fall prevention systems.

Lift-Rite which was acquired by Benbecula Group in October 2017, designs, manufactures, inspects, repairs and hires out lifting equipment, whilst offering on-site rigging and mobilisation services.

Tyne Gangway, originally founded in 1934, was acquired by Benbecula Group in October 2017. The company manufactures and designs marine access systems including gangways and accommodation ladders, predominately for the marine industry, with 50 percent of its equipment produced for export.

A large proportion of Tyne Gangway’s materials are supplied by it’s third division, DDS Metals, also acquired in Oct 2017 by Benbecula Group. DDS was founded in 2005 and supplies aluminium and stainless steel plates and extrusions to a UK customer base.

As a result of this latest acquisition by Benbecula, the Group is targeting further growth in existing and complementary markets. The Loadtec management team will remain and will be utilising the greater group resources to further grow the business.

Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec said, “We reached a point where we needed to be part of a larger group to achieve the growth we were looking for. Without wider support and financial resource, we were vulnerable to market fluctuations. Benbecula presented a clear strategy to grow the Loadtec Group and develop the existing team towards greater achievements. Our businesses complement each other well, it’s very much a win-win arrangement and we look forward to providing our old and new customers both nationally and internationally with an even better customer experience.”

Loadtec Group will continue to provide their Zip-Load loading arm products and safe tanker access systems. Going forward, this will be enhanced with innovative and unique products that will anticipate the changing needs of the industries served. Keeler added “We now move into a very exciting phase of the Loadtec story with a professional and ambitious partner”.

Lift-Rite Group Bolsters Team with two New Appointments

Lift-Rite Group, recently acquired by Benbecula Subsea Services, based in Wallsend North Tyneside, which operates three divisions, Lift-Rite Engineering Services, Tyne Gangway and DDS Metals, which serve the offshore, marine and engineering sectors, has recently welcomed two additions to its management team.

James Bright joins as Sales Manager, bringing with him over 20 years of experience from the offshore, marine, renewables, utilities and engineering sectors.

Simon Long, joins as Finance Manager, also bringing over 20-years of finance, tax and accounting experience from multiple sectors.

Ken McDonald, Managing Director at Lift-Rite Group said, ‘People are our greatest asset and I am delighted to welcome James and Simon to our existing experienced management team to help us deliver our growth strategy and continuing to offer best in class customer service.’.

Tyne Gangway completes 28m Telescopic Gangway

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’

The Tyne Gangway Christmas period

The Tyne Gangway Christmas holiday period begins Friday 22nd December. We re-open in the New Year Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We’d like to wish our customers a enjoyable Christmas and we will see you in the New Year.

Tyne Gangway at the International WorkBoat show

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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3off Hydraulically Deployed Telescopic Gangways installed

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

A convoy of 26 metre long bridges leave Tyne Gangway’s fabrication facility

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.