20 The Job Of Vessel Carrying

The Job Of Vessel Carrying

Posted on August 9, 2011 by kulichik


Have you ever seen how vessels and ships are taken down to water by means of a special construction named a boat lift? The work of one of them is presented below in the pictures.

This boat lift constructed in Russia in 1976 operates on the Yenisey river at the power station in Krasnoyarsk. It is located at the place where the dam of the power station which is over 100 meters high reaches the left bank of the Yenisey river.

The boat consists of an outer harbour, inferior access channel, steering circle and is represented by a platform that moves along the rails.

Movement is realized by means of electric motive power.

In 2011 it is planned to launch the second reconstruction stage of the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam and install 10 new hydraulic units.

On June 17 the first batch of hydraulic units for the aggregates was shipped in Saint-Petersburg.

The load was taken to the Yenisey and put on the boat lift.

Construction of the boat lift was started in 1963. Its aim was to restore navigation on the Yenisey river that had been stopped due to building of the Krasnoyarsk power station.

An official launch of the boat occurred in 1982. The platform goes beyond the water level and puts load on water surface.

It costs 4000 USD to carry load by the boat.

As soon as the vessel reaches water, the boat lift gets closed.

The platform starts its upward movement.

The view from beneath.

The vessel with equipment needed for the dam construction has reached the water successfully. From here it will be taken to the Mainskaya power station and loaded onto special transport which in its turn will take the aggregates to the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam.

via gelio-nsk

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20 Responses to “The Job Of Vessel Carrying”

  1. Kent of Sweden says:

    Ok, so having looked at the pics a dozen times I still can’t tell.
    Does the lift carry the barge floating on water inside the lift, or does the barge sit “dry” on the bottom of the lift??

    • Dialin says:

      Well at the very first picture you can see those turbine parts beeing loaded on the boat lift. Therefore I would say that the carrier is dryloaded onto the lift. That there is no obvious mechanic of a doorsystem to hold the water supports my oppinion.

      • j pigden says:

        The lift is a water tank on rails. The door lies flat on the bottom. Once the barge is inside the door raises. In pic 1, you can see the closed door. The front of the unit is dry. The tank has a depth of about 8m. The tank then travels up to the top where the entire unit turns around on a railroad type turntable. The unit then backs down into the water where the door is lowered and the barge removed. Unfortunately, some of the pictures show the lift being moved empty, with the door down and the tank dry.

        • Boritz says:

          @j pigden: The lift is a DRY lift. It easily accommodates the flat bottom boats. Not so many v-bottoms on the river. I have witnessed its operations. It is VERY noisy!

  2. testicules says:

    Looks like a dry lift. I wonder if it can accomodate v hull designs?

  3. Yojimbo says:

    They did not take any pictures where you can see the full loading process seeing as the turbine parts are on a barge that can only see when it is in the water.In the first picture the barge is not visible but the turbines on its deck are.You can see somewhat in the last picture but they should have taken a shot at point where the boat lift is out of the water but not so high up that you can’t see the barge it is carrying clearly.

    I think a v hull would be too time consuming seeing as it would need to be held in place by blocks why do that when you can simply float a flat bottomed barge inside?

  4. George Johnson says:

    Has to be dry, to carry that much water, would take WAAAAAYYYY too much energy. Think about how much water weighs.

    Pretty amazing.

  5. bobs says:

    This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

  6. mikefromCanada says:

    Very Cool !

  7. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Neat pictures! Thanks!

  8. MrSatyre says:

    How many lifts are there like this in Russia? It looks similar to the facility at the dam that had that terrible turbine explosion a few years back.

  9. mahinda jayawardana says:

    +is this working today?how much time take per one trip?

  10. goat says:

    Now that really is interesting – more stuff like that please

  11. Wladislaff says:

    This is a unique facility in the world, placed in Divnogorsk city, over 40 km from Krasnoyarsk.
    Ship lift is designed to lift vessels
    weighing up to 1,500 tons.
    Dimensions of boats can reach 75m in length,
    15m in width, and upto 1.86 m of sediment.
    Navigation lasts 5 months a year, it is possible to transport commercial cargo and yachts to height over 100m.
    It work not often, but until 2013 he ensured by work..

    The rate of movement is up to 20 meters per minute.
    Boat camera length is 113.5 m width 26.5m
    The total power capacity of this lift – over 17 000 kWT
    On top of the way lift has a rotary circle.

    This is wet lift. :)
    If we remove water – ship rolled over on its side :)

    Ps Use email for questions :)

    • Nick Carter says:

      I know this does not use a counterbalance so it must use a lot of energy to get up the slope, does it use energy recovery on the downhill trip, or is it an energy hog because of cheap hydroelectric power next door?

  12. Gerry says:

    Russian engineering at its best!

  13. Alkofunker says:

    Remember kids, the crazy Russians can’t innovate or build anything that works!

    /sarcasm off

  14. People's Commissar says:

    uaz 459 <3

  15. geoffo123 says:

    As an engineer myself, this is an amazing feat. Do any of you realise the amount of stress exerted in the trip up the slope? Not to mention the compressive force that would be applied to the earth below the rails. This is amazing, thank you for sharing these photos

  16. leigh says:

    Intersting thing about “balasting” a rail track of any sort, is it has a spreading effect with any weight.. Railway track without good balasting isnt as strong as the same track with balasting. Still thats a fantastic piece of machinery, it should be on “monster moves” TV program. I wonder if anyone has built a model of it?

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