Stena Line's new ferry which is under construction at Holland's Van der Giessen de Noord will feature a new design of bow ramp. The ferry's cargo access systems feature a number of innovations, the direct result of current and pending legislation following the Estonia disaster. The bow ramp comprises a three-section hydraulically operated ramp/door. The unique design aspect of the ramp is that it is not physically connected when in the stowed position. Ramp operation takes place via hydraulic cylinder, wires and support rods, and operates as follows: opening: the outer section of the ramp is unlocked and lowered into position for the unloading of vehicles, then the inner section, which is not physically attached to the outer section, is uncleated and lowered into position; closing; the inner ramp section is raised into the stowed position and cleated, then the outer section is raised into the stowed position and locked, stowing horizontally.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Schiff & Hafen, v 47 n 11, Nov 1995, p 47 [2 p, 1 fig]
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00718661
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM