Barge Access Systems

Navy & Defense Vessel Access

Defense Vessel Gangway Manufacturer

Armed forces routinely place themselves in harm’s way, sometimes in isolated areas of the world. The quality of the equipment and machinery they use is vital to their effectiveness and safety. Safe Harbor Marine is proud to support the military with high-performance marine accessibility solutions.

We are a leading manufacturer of standard and custom access, loading, and safety systems for the defense industry marine applications. Our range of Occupational Safety and Health Administration-complaint gangways, ramps, bridges, loading arms, and ladders safeguard sailors by improving operational functionality, security, and environmental sustainability.


Why Do You Need Access Systems For Defense Vessels?

Naval ships are the chief instrument by which a nation extends its military power onto the seas. They provide a variety of services, from moving personnel and cargo to protecting those at home and abroad. Crew and supervisors aboard these structures face the following dangers: 

  • Slip-and-fall hazards
  • Extreme weather
  • Overcrowding
  • Restricted access
  • Overboard accidents

Investing in long-lasting, high-performing equipment is a way for the defense industry and its supply chain partners to improve seafarer safety and naval vessel performance. 


Types of Navy and Defense Vessel Access Systems:

Constructing safe, secure, and efficient access aboard a naval ship increases operational performance and morale. Safe Harbor Marine manufactures a variety of access system solutions for at-sea defense applications. 

  • Stage gangways
  • Truss gangways
  • Tracking gangways
  • Portable gangways
  • Telescoping gangways
  • Double-rung ladders
  • Side ladders
  • Vertical-climb ladders
  • Safety ladders
  • Rolling or telescopic ladders
  • Fixed ladders
  • Removable or portable ladders
  • Ramps
  • Navy ship loading arms


Defense Vessel Gangway Features:

Telescopic marine gangwayCritical to the success of any military operation is equipment reliability and functionality. Our marine access systems are built from high-quality materials and offer the following advantages: 

  • Adjust to changes in tide and offshore structure or vessel levels
  • Custom load capacities 
  • Custom widths and lengths
  • Self-leveling treads for gangways and ramps
  • Floating, pivot, and track mounting options

Simple and efficient regulation of marine access systems is critical to on-the-job performance. Safe Harbor Marine can provide manual, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls.


Quality Construction 

Building a new aircraft carrier or destroyer is a significant investment, and the decisions taken will define the ship’s operational capabilities throughout its lifetime. These structures are often subjected to harsh, corrosive, and degradative environments. 

That’s why Safe Harbor Marine builds access systems for marine applications from high-quality aluminum, which has a variety of beneficial performance characteristics.

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Resists corrosion
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Weather-resistant 
  • Simple to fabricate
  • High machinability
  • Heightened weldability

Custom Marine Access Systems

Equipment like navy ship loading arms and defense industry gangways plays a pivotal role in at-sea military application performance. A high-functioning loading arm reduces standby time in port, whereas conforming gangways securely connect the ship deck to a dock, beachfront, joining vessel, or marine structure. Poorly constructed or improperly fitting navy vessel gangways can come loose and fall, which can be disastrous. 

Our expert team specializes in the development of application-specific marine access systems using a proven consultative approach aimed at successfully addressing safety, productivity, ergonomics, and OSHA compliance. We design and fabricate custom access systems for a wide range of maritime military applications. 

  •  Aircraft carriers
  • Destroyers
  • Repair ships
  • Patrol boats
  • Warships
  • Torpedo boats
  • Battleships
  • Gunboats
  • Submarines
  • Frigates
  • Cruisers 
  • Amphibious assault ships

OSHA Certified Naval Vessel Gangways

Defense industry manufacturers require the utmost quality from supply chain partners. A single imperfection or malfunction can cause catastrophic results.

When Safe Harbor Marine supplies access systems for your marine military application, they will fit, form, and function as intended. All products meet OSHA  standards. Our team confirms that materials meet customer requirements or industry standards before use. After machining, parts are checked to ensure conformity. 

Contact Us to learn more about our navy and defense vessel access systems. 

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