Gangways for aircraft carriers delivered
On behalf of BAE Systems, Verhoef has designed, built and delivered two gangways to the British Royal Navy's Portsmouth Naval Base for the upcoming Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
The bespoke gangways are part of a £100 million investment to support the two aircraft carriers, the future HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, while they are docked at Portsmouth.
Each of the gangways, or 'brows', weighs 12 tonnes. They will provide industrial and naval workforces day-to-day access to the vessels, with a single brow able to cater for a footfall of up to 3,000 people per hour.
The reception point brow will be used mainly by VIP visitors and Royal Navy personnel. Its telescopic gangway will extend up to 19m over the water; the aircraft lift brow will be used by support staff.
Mark Harris, BAE Systems Queen Elizabeth Class readiness project manager, said: ‘The brows are a cutting-edge steel and aluminium construction, built to provide a means of access that can be deployed quickly, without the need of a crane, and taking account of tidal conditions and ship movements. The brows also come with integrated LED lighting to provide illuminated access during dark hours.’
A training and familiarisation programme will be conducted for support staff at the naval base to operate and maintain the new equipment ahead of the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in 2017.
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