Mobile Passenger Gangway - Antwerpen

Project:     Mobile Passenger Gangway

Client:       VVV Antwerpen

Location:   Antwerpen, Belgium



CMC Engineering and Management Ltd. was selected internationally to provide planning, design, and field services for the fabrication of a mobile passenger gangway located in the heart of the old portion of Antwerpen. The ability of this twentieth century machine to adapt itself to this venerable environment was highly lauded by the local press.

In 1997, CMC put into operation a unique mobile passenger gangway in the picturesque older section of the Port of Antwerpen.  The uniqueness of the setup comes from its location within this old part of the city centered around the famous Grote Markt and the Steen.  This area serves as a focal point of Antwerpen’s tourist trade and a prime consideration for the new facility was its ability to integrate into this centuries old environment with a minimum of disruption. Being a port of call as opposed to a home port, Antwerpen requires that passengers transit to ground level as opposed to an upper concourse level.  Thus, the land side gangway access is located on a 200 year old cobblestone covered wharf giving immediate access to the city’s amenities.  The gangway project included remedial work to these cobblestones in order to retain the esthetics of this heritage site while meeting the necessary safety requirements for the passenger movements.

Other highlights of the project include:

  • Standby electrical and hydraulic systems for power failure.
  • The machine is designed to withstand the regular flood conditions that occur on the Schelde River.
  • Purchase of removable fendering system.
  • Design of penning facility for standby mode.
  • One-man operation for engagement and disengagement.
  • Unattended operation after setup.
  • Planning services for subsequent project phases involving full home-port facilities.
  • Onsite testing and commissioning services including successful testing by Lloyds.
  • Onsite training of maintenance and operating personnel.
  • Coordination of activities in Antwerpen from Vancouver.