Get a load of this! World's largest ship lift can haul vessels weighing up to 3,000 TONNES
The world's largest ship elevator has been unveiled at the Three Gorges Dam in central China.
The elevator can lift vessels up or down 370 feet in order to pass the dam across the Yangtze River in Hubei Province.
The 550ft-high structure is able to lift vessels carrying a weight of up to 3,000 tonnes.
The new elevator cuts down the time it takes to pass the dam to around 40 minutes, compared to the four hours it takes to pass via the ship lock, CCTV reported.
It is believed that the hi-tech elevator will increase the shipping capacity of vessels passing the dam by six million tonnes a year. A trial operation began last week.
Passenger ships, cruise ships and small cargo ships will be able to use the new ship elevator.
However, larger ships will still have to use the five-chamber lock to pass through.
The ship elevator has been in the pipeline for over two decades, but the project was put on hold in 1994 due to safety concerns. Construction work began again in 2008.
Vessels are lifted in a chamber that measures 120 metres long, 18 metres wide and 3.5 metres deep.
The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world and was completed in 2012.
ElmoFreen, Fort Lauderdale, United States, 4 hours ago
Chinese Engineering at its finest. Well done!
TyrantGeorge, Utopia, United States, 7 hours ago
I agree with what most here have said about china and it's products etc... but you have to admit, that is one huge pile of engineering right there. The whole thing. Just massive. Don't underestimate them, because if we ever have to tangle with them.....
Susan11111, Las Cruces, United States, 8 hours ago
Hate to tell the writers of the esteemed DM that ship tonnage is based on dimensions NOT physical weight... Multiple ships of the same tonnage could be vastly different as they are totally dependent on design and construction materials utilized.
AnotherFloridaNut, Tallahassee, United States, 7 hours ago
Ship tonnage is based on displacement not dimensions
Susan11111, Las Cruces, United States, 4 hours ago
anotherFlordianut -- get a marine surveyor's handbook for the formulas... and then tell me how height effects displacement vs materials of construction which will change displacement for 2 identical designs.
rogermanpistol2, boston, United States, 10 hours ago
only requires slave labor.. free printed money or unknown costs.. and billions.. just to save 40 minutes for a snob who does not want to wait..
gmayers123, Los Angeles, 9 hours ago
from 4 hours to 40 minutes
StupidWorld, United States, United States, 11 hours ago
Chinese are the best. What an ingenuity!!
Max Nex, Lugano, Switzerland, 9 hours ago
Actually no but the sheer size of the thing is amazing!
Walrus, Dawson City, Canada, 7 minutes ago
Check out the Falkirk Wheel.
Korotki, Blighty, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Meanwhile, 250 years ago in England, canal locks were invented and built, catering for vessels of potentially greater tonnage...
Capt Dan, jupiter FL, United States, 13 hours ago
Cool. Considering where it was made, I hope they bought the extended warrantee . They're gonna need it.