Loading Gangways

What Is A Loading Gangway?

A gangway is a platform or walkway that is engineered to provide safe access between a tower or platform and a truck, boat, railcar or another type of platform. Safe Harbor's OSHA-standard access gangways are designed for a wide range of heights and variances. Gangways can be retrofitted to your existing structure and customized to suit your specific application; which is excellent for older platforms that were not designed for today's taller railcars.

What Are the Different Types of Gangways?

  • Telescoping Gangways - A loading gangway with a telescoping extension
  • Flat Ramp Gangways - A loading gangways with non-slip ramp
  • Self Leveling Tread Gangways - A loading gangway designed for varying heights
  • Custom Gangways - A loading gangway designed to your specific needs

See more details on each type below


Loading Gangway Features

  • Lifting of manual units assisted by feather light spring counter-balance
  • Built for harsh and high use environments
  • Locks automatically in upright position with a positive foot lock mechanism
  • Rugged quality bumpers on the bottom of unit for vehicle protection
  • Variety of standard widths from 20" to 60" available
  • 500 lbs. load capacity to accommodate potential emergency rescue efforts
  • Pipe handrails standard to provide a more secure environment for truck and barge operators
  • Stainless steel hardware and bronze oil impregnated bushings are provided for all pivot points to ensure long lasting performance
  • Designed to meet OSHA standards

Industries Using Access Gangways

Safe Harbor creates gangways for the following industries:

Materials Offered for Gangways

Safe Harbor can custom fabricate truck and railcar gangways in various materials, such as:

  • Aluminum Gangways
  • Stainless Steel Gangways
  • Galvanized Steel Gangways

Aluminum Truck Gangways

For loading gangways in industrial and commercial marine settings, Safe Harbor recommends the use of marine-grade aluminum. Several benefits of aluminum truck access gangways include:

  • Lightweight & durability
  • Lower maintenance requirements
  • Ideal for loading, unloading, and inspecting & repairing vessels
  • Excellent corrosion resistance

Types Of Gangways

Telescoping Gangway

telescoping gangwayPrimarily used for railcar applications where vehicle height is fairly uniform. Our telescoping extension helps to close the gap for narrow railcars.

    •  Working range of 15 degrees below horizontal and 15 degrees above horizontal
    • Equipped with our standard 22
    • Self supporting with a 500lb. load capacity

Flat Ramp Gangway

flat ramp gangwayOur FLT model is a flat ramp gangway. Primarily used for hopper car and hopper truck applications where vehicle height is uniform.

  • Working range of 15 degrees below horizontal and 15 degrees above horizontal
  • Self supporting with a 500lb. load capacity

Self Leveling Tread Gangway

selfe leveling tread gangwayEngineered with the most versatility to accommodate variations in height that typically occur while accessing liquid tank trucks.

  • Working range of 45 degrees below horizontal and 50 degrees above horizontal
  • Self supporting with a 500lb. load capacity
  • 4 bolt nickle plated flange bearing at the main pivot point
  • Double end tread for larger operator work surface


No matter your safety needs, Safe Harbor will work with you step-by-step to make sure the perfect solution is engineered. We take pride in our innovative, custom gangways.

Common Sizes for Gangways

The Safe Harbor gangways come in a variety of standard widths from 20" to 60" available. Some of the common sizes include:

20" Gangway 30" Gangway 40" Gangway
50" Gangway 60" Gangway Custom Gangway

Custom Gangway Features

  • a custom yellow gangwayExtended last tread for operator comfort and maneuverability
  • Manual, pneumatic, electrical and hydraulic operation available
  • Available in aluminum, galvanized steel, safety yellow painted steel, stainless steel or can be painted to your specifications
  • Slip resistant deck span walk surface standard with optional bar grating or fiberglass treads available

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