Marine Development

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Marine Development (Glasgow) Ltd., established in Scotland in 1972, developed the linkspan for over 30 years. They pioneered integral tank, submerged tank, and mobile linkspans under the direction of John Rose. These semi-buoyant ship-to-shore bridges[1] minimise engineering infrastructure requirements and were originally designed a cheap and simple means of using ro-ro ferries in the Western Isles of Scotland, but later found wider applications.[2]

They no longer trade but their expertise was acquired in 2007 by TTS Marine, who are developing the design of tank linkspan further.[3]


  1. ^ Abstracts, Cambridge Scientific; Internet Database Service, Inc (1983). "Linkspans complement RO-RO facilities". Oceanic Abstracts with Indexes. Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. 20: 87. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Equipment International applications for Scottish linkspan". Fairplay International Shipping Weekly. Financial Times. 268: 46. 1978. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  3. ^ "TTS SIGNS WITH MARINE DEVELOPMENT LTD". TTS Marine. Retrieved 2008-03-07. [dead link]