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Be it for single or dual level shipyards, or for shiplifts and rail transfer systems, we have many years experience in providing shipyard solutions for clients worldwide. Working alongside Consultants and Operators we come together to bring a level of technical expertise second to none.

Thanks to our extensive experience and technical expertise we are able to supply and install rails, crossovers and rail fixings meeting the tolerance required by shipyards. All our process respect the tolerances implied by the large number of rails and, the flexibility and movement of support structures and ship lift platforms.

Our tailor-made range of products and services is available through more than 300 dedicated Gantrex crane rail experts worldwide.

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There are a number of different technologies available for transferring vessels on-shore. Generally, the rail applications can be identified, starting with the process of lifting the vessel out of the water, by means of either a Shiplift or a Slipway. When the vessels are transferred to the land the carriages are moved using either a single or dual level system.

Those different applications within the shipyard require different rail solutions.


Marine design covers the Civil design of the various areas, which includes individual load conditions and may involve civil expansion joints to accommodate thermal expansion. Rail systems vary significantly according to the loads and the environment.

Gantrex solutions increase the productivity of the shipyard cranes thanks to the reliability of the crane rail solutions proposed. They involve the latest technology in crane and specialty rail track components and services

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Reliable process cranes are a critical component in the overall cost efficiency of any industry or application. From manufacturing to assembly and shipment, efficiency and reliability are determinant factors for success. Handling difficult loads on long or cross-travel cranes, ensuring continuous process flows, the accuracy of material placement, these are just some critical factors that cannot be met if the crane rail track proves unreliable. Problems are compounded even further when facing harsh and demanding conditions such as heat or severe cold, dust or still, aggressive environments.

Our global GANTREX teams offer unrivalled experience in crane rail solutions for all process cranes ranging from casting cranes to refuse incineration installations, and for all types of medium to heavy load overhead cranes, or for specific applications.


Gantrex engineers and delivers crane rail tracks products for every industrial application, including portal cranes to steel-slab cranes, ship unloaders and Goliath cranes. All our products are subject to harsh, demanding conditions and severe weather (heat, cold, humidity, dusty or corrosive environments).

Gantrex supplies and installs a wide range of products designed to fix rail runways to the ground using cutting-edge technology to increase the reliability and productivity of its customer’s business. Our enduring experience with the numerous applications of ground runway tracks and efficient interfacing with civil engineers and crane manufacturers helps us understand your needs and address your issues before offering you a customizable solution.


Shiplifts: The lift platforms are normally articulated to allow for deflection under load. The rail system is designed to suit the projected deflection and so it is typically shimmed to the design unloaded position, and secured with hard clamps on welded studs. Under load the platform deflects, and the rail system is designed to ensure a smooth transfer to the landside system.

Slipways: Rails are installed at a slope and care should be given to longitudinal rail movement due to gravitational and breaking forces. Rails can be installed on concrete foundation, steel girder, or a combination of both. Different solutions are available depending on the foundation, and special attention should be paid to corrosion protection in the tidal area.


The boats are transported, on trolleys or cradles, to or from construction and maintenance berths and buildings. This zone can be built in a single or double level, each with its specific design for the rail system. Special attention should be paid to the rail transition areas between the shiplift, carriages and the dry berths.

Single Level Transfer: The normal single level system is where rails are installed at ground level with cross overs to provide system that allows the transfer of carriages from sea to land. and then at 90 degrees. This means the vessels can be moved around the yard with maximum flexibility use.

Dual Level Transfer: In some yards the transfer is carried out at two levels, where the vessels are transferred to specific dry berths. These could be washdown, painting or welding areas.

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