Linkspan

A linkspan or link-span is a type of drawbridge used mainly in the operation of moving vehicles on and off a RO-RO vessel or ferry.

Linkspans are usually found at ferry terminals where a vessel uses a combination of ramps either at the stern, bow or side (or a combination of any) to load or unload cars, vans, trucks and buses onto the shore, or alternately at the stern and/or the bow to load or unload railroad cars.

Read more about Linkspan:  History, Operation

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MV Isle Of Arran - History
... out, she made her way down to Gourock, where she showed the flag and tested her bow ramp on the linkspan ... Berthing trials at the new linkspan at Dunoon, allowed her to relieve there while the Streakers were all at Rothesay ... In February 2010, Isle of Arran struck the linkspan at Kennacraig, whilst travelling at a speed of over 8 knots (15 km/h 9.2 mph) ...
Gills Bay - History
... spent on a new ferry and building a terminal and linkspan at Gills Bay together with similar facilities at Burwick ... and ended on the 16 September 1989 when the linkspan at Gills was damaged by heavy weather ... at the seaward end to stop the swell which is sometimes too great for work at the linkspan ...
Linkspan - Variants - Traditional
... The original rail linkspans were also developed for general purpose ferries with greater flexibility than the Dover/Calais route ... In each of these cases the weight of the Linkspan’s outer end keeps them always under load even when not in use ... provide the support for stop fenders that prevent the berthing vessel from impacting the linkspan ...
MV Pentalina-B - History
... Things improved after she hanselled the new end-loading linkspan at Gourock on 26 July 1971 ... more suitable mainland port and Iona inaugurated a new terminal and linkspan there on 26 March 1973 ... season as the Oban - Craignure ferry, opening the new Oban linkspan on 15 October ...