Passenger Gangway System for Northland Cruise Dock

Project:     Passenger Gangway System for Northland Cruise Dock

Client:       Prince Rupert Port Authority in Partnership with the City of Prince Rupert

Location:   Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada



Situated near the historically named Cow Bay, Prince Rupert's new Northland Cruise Terminal utilizes a custom designed and fabricated Passenger Gangway System. Spanning nearly 40 meters each, its two ramps reach out over the water to the floating mooring dock and automatically adjust for tidal action to maximize passenger comfort.

Located on the Northern British Columbian coast, Prince Rupert has long been a favourite enroute stop for passengers on the scenic Alaskan cruise route.  Although blessed with breathtaking scenery, historic landmarks and a temperate climate, the port's facilities needed an update to more comfortably handle the newer and larger vessels built in the early 2000s.  Recognizing the mutual benefit of a continued cruise industry presence, the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the City of Prince Rupert formed a partnership to meet this challenge and to expand the city's cruise business.

The new Northland Cruise Facility features a large floating dock connected to the land based terminal via two long (39 metres each) inclined ramps arranged at 90 degrees to each other, and passing through an intermediate support tower.  As the floating dock follows the tide movement, the Passenger Gangway's control system authomatically adjusts the elevation of the intermediate platform in order to maintain the same slope on the two ramps.

Other notable features include:

  • Rolling bogie with swivel connection at the floating dock in order to minimize swell effects on the gangway structure.
  • Equipment platform mounted over the intermediate landing to minimize space requirements yet camouflaged from view under normal conditions.
  • Designed to withstand accidental submersion under storm conditions.

CMC teamed up with a BC fabricator to provide design/build services based upon the client's general arrangements and concepts.  Using computerized three-dimensional modeling, CMC proceeded directly from general arrangements to shop drawings and was able to verify all machine motions and interferences prior to fabrication.

This unit was put into service in May 2004.