To allow for a smooth vehicle transit between shore and ship, a Linkspan system can used. There are several different types of Linkspan but in common for all types are that they are hinged to the quay at the shore end and adjustable to fit different water levels and vessel drafts at the seaward end.
Linkspans are divided into four main categories:
Mechanically Supported Linkspans
Integral Tank Linkspan
Type of Linkspan that is most suitable for a certain port are determined by several different factors, such as vessel type, port infrastructure, environmental conditions and similar.