Motion compensated Gangway - Safe and efficient transfer of crew and cargo

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Barge Master’s fully motion compensated Next Generation Gangway provides continuous access to any offshore structure. This motion compensated gangway ensures safe and efficient transfer of crew irrespective of weather conditions.

The system provides horizontal gangway access for people and trolleys up to 800 kg., with a lifting capacity of 1.000 kg. Making the system truly unique are its distinctive reliability features, designed especially to guarantee uptime.

Highest reliability standard in the industry

The Next Generation Gangway contains several unique features to ensure it is always in perfect working order. For example, the gangway is equipped with technology that eliminates slip risk of the gangway tip. All our products are designed with triple redundancy of the critical components, such as motion reference units and controls. These features safeguard the workability of the gangway to the highest degree, a single failure will never lead to any loss in compensation.

Active Motion Compensation

The high performance Gangway uses active motion compensation to land on any kind of offshore facility, without the need for a modified landing area. It compensates vessel motions up to a significant wave height (Hs) of 3.5 meter. This allows the gangway to be placed at any deck location and height. The gangway is operated by a single operator. 

Fit for purpose - modular design

The gangway can be fitted on a height adjustable pedestal with integrated elevator, making it possible to land on any height and maintain a continuous workflow.

This gangway plus pedestal configuration provides perfect horizontal access, also suited for (remote controlled) cargo trolleys up to 800 kg.

The Barge Master Gangway is developed in close collaboration with our partner Van Halteren Technologies. Therefore it is of the highest standard, combining Barge Masters's motion compensation knowledge with the drive and control knowledge of Bosch Rexroth. Next to that it ensures global service coverage.
The gangway is DNV-GL certified.

Key features

  • Anti tip slip Significant increased compensation performance by tip force measurement.
  • Horizontal landing with height adjustmentRedundancy of all critical components by default, such as motion reference units and controls, the “fail operational” philosophy as standard.
  • Easy to operate by a single operator.
  • Hover mode with tip ladder. Adding 2 meters to the operational range and makes it possible to land over an existing structure.
  • Additional hoisting module of 1.000 kg.
  • Autonomous landing ready.



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Gangway length
Allowable luffing angles
 -personnel transfer
Wind speed
Wave height
DNV 2.22
20 m +/- 5 m

-23° to 23°
0° to 40°
20 m/s
Hs = 0 – 3.5 m
Ø 1.9 m pedestal
27 mT


Cargo Transfer:


3D compensated lifting winch
Stepless trolley transfer
Cargo basket
Hose provision for grout or chemicals
1.000 kg
800 kg
150 kg

(The exact workability depends on specific vessel motions. Barge Master delivers a tailored workability analysis upfront, as part of our service packages.)

BM-Gangway operational range


The BM-Gangway compensates vessel motions in significant wave heights (Hs) up to 3,5m by actively telescoping, luffing and slewing the gangway. Resulting in an average workability of at least 85% throughout the year.

The mentioned performance numbers depend on vessel, ocean conditions and work method specifics. Barge Master has inhouse software to make a detailed workability analysis for your project. This results in an advice which configuration to use in order to meet the project requirements.


High performance: key features of the Barge Master Gangway
  • Active motion compensated gangway configured to your needs thanks to a modular design
  • High performance up to a significant wave height of 3.5m
  • Able to land on any offshore facility without modification of the landing area
  • Barge Master's high quality values and “fail operational” philosophy as standard
  • Redundancy of critical components by default, such as motion reference units and controls
  • Easy to operate by a single operator. Barge Master provides certified operators, or operator training
  • Compact design with small footprint and fast mobilization
  • Light weight design results in low power consumption

The Barge Master Gangway can be configured for any purpose, since every project is unique in location, vessel and on-board logistics. For this reason the gangway is built up in various modules, with a choice of foundation, bridge, cargo and power modules. Barge Master sales engineers help you choose the configuration that's best for your project.

Fit for purpose: available modules
  • Integrated motion compensated lifting winch with SWL of 1.000 kg and patented onboard lifting mode, for direct cargo transfer independent of size and location
  • Height adjustable pedestal, for large variation in landing heights and/or tidal range
  • Fixed pedestal, in various heights. Thanks to the standard pedestal design the gangway can be placed at any height.
  • Tip ladder, adding 2 meters to the operational range and makes it possible to land over an existing structure.
  • Stairs and walkways, for continuous access
  • 150kg cargo basket at the tip of the gangway
  • Hose provisions, e.g. for grouting or chemicals
  • Hydraulic power units, available for sales or rental.

Sales & Rental

The Barge Master Gangway is available for sale or can be rented. The system can be integrated into a new vessel or rapidly mobilized on an existing vessel.

Barge Master delivers expert services to guarantee reliable performance. Services include workability analysis, operator training and service level agreements.

Interested in purchasing or renting a Barge Master Gangway? Get in touch with us

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