Most RoPax ferries need an efficient drive through facility and many ships with RoRo capabilities incorporate vehicle access by the bow as well as by the stern. Bow doors and ramps enable efficient cargo flow and quick turnarounds in port.
Bow access is also invaluable on train ferries, naval support vessels and heavy-lift ships.
Bow access requires, by regulation, the highest degree of integrity. Some ships have three successive barriers to water ingress. Our RoRo ramps are designed to be safe, efficient and economical to run, while fully meeting specific operating requirements.
We focus on maximising cargo carrying capacity and minimising equipment weight, this ensures peak efficiency and lowers the fuel cost per tonne of freight carried.
In most door access designs two watertight closures will be considered adequate. Bow doors or a bow visor are the two options for the opening. Bow doors can be of parallel stow type (or swing-arm type), clam-type, directly-hinged type, side-hinged or wing-type. The door is detached from the ramp for safety reasons.
When deployed, the bow ramp provides access from main deck to the shore. When the bow ramp is in its stowed position, it is utilised to double-up as the inner door and therefore seals the aperture forming a weathertight door in the collision bulkhead. It is divided in two or more sections, for example two main sections and an additional folding section with tapered end flaps.
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Services for bow ramps
Conversions for RoRo equipment
For over three decades, MacGregor's RoRo specialists have carried out several hundred RoRo ship conversions, including optimising shore-based facilities.
Modernisations and upgrades for RoRo equipment
MacGregor offers various upgrade options for all our RoRo equipment, delivering efficiency and environmental benefits for your operations.
Movable ramps / hoistable
MacGregor hoistable ramps make more efficient use of available cargo spaces than fixed ramps; ramps are available as both sealed and un-sealed versions
Movable ramps / tiltable
MacGregor hoistable ramps allow for more efficient use of cargo spaces than fixed ramps; they are installed between deck levels and the hoistable car deck.
We design and deliver quarter ramps and doors which are safe, efficient, economical to run and fully meet regulatory and specific operating requirements.
Tailored MacGregor side ramps considerably increase loading and discharging capacity; they double as a weathertight door when closed.