Vehicle Loading Ramp – Matakana Ferry

In January 2017 Steelworks NZ Ltd was contracted by Crawford and Co Insurance to replace a vehicle loading ramp on the MV Matakana. This involved a series of site visits to establish the dimensions and fitment of the new ramp.

Steelworks managed the entire project, which included producing workshop detail drawings, fabrication, procurement of new ancillary components, and fitting the ramp to the vessel.

This project involved liaising with a multitude of different professions and suppliers to ensure the new ramp complied with updated standards. In meeting these standards the weight of the ramp’s weight increased which in turn required upgraded hydraulic rams, lifting cables, and safety chains.

The fabrication and installation of the ramp presented a number of challenges, all of which were all met by the skilled team at Steelworks NZ Ltd.