Ship Lifter Projects

Three Gorges, China

Three Gorges, China

Mid-September 2016 and the date had finally arrived: the start of the ship lift’s operating test finally brought the total of 23 years of construction work on the Three Gorges Dam to a conclusion. Often somewhat casually described as simply ‘the world’s largest lift’, this ship’s lift is the ultimate in structural superlatives and is in itself an engineering masterpiece. At 169 metres high and weighing 15,500 tonnes, this is the biggest ship lift in the world. The water basin is 120 m long, 18 m wide and 3.5 m deep. Some 6 million tonnes of goods are to be transported using the lift every year. Depending on the size of the ship, it may take between 40 minutes and 3 hours to pass through the lift.

The start of test operations signified the end of an era for CASAR. Since the ship’s lift project began in 2004, we and our partners at Pfeifer are also approaching the end of 12 years of intensive collaboration. We deliberately chose to accompany the project from start to finish, because we see ourselves not only as a rope supplier alone, but as being in a position to contribute valuable know-how, which we have already mastered in countless other ship’s lift and lifting bridge projects.

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Luneburg,Germany

Luneburg,Germany

The boat lift close to Lüneburg in the northern part of Germany went in service 1974 and was at that time the largest ship lift in the world. Two water-filled troughs lift ships of the Europa class to help them master the 38 m height difference from the Mittellandkanal to the level of the Elbe river.

Each of the troughs has a length of 100 m, a weight of 5800 t and is lifted by a set of 240 wire ropes which run over large sheaves on top of the 4 large concrete towers. To minimize the needed power for the lift the whole system is counterbalanced with heavy concrete plates attached to the ropes. After some decades in use the ship lifter has been refurbished completely and the owner decided to update the lifting technology. With the support of the University of Stuttgart the application was recalculated.

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Niederfinow, Germany

Niederfinow, Germany
  • Trough is suspended using 224 cables which run over a total of 112 double pulleys in the oulley hall
  • 220 counterweights and 4 cable weight balancer chains
  • Ø60mm CASAR Stratolift galvanized 1770 N/mm²
  • 112x68m RHLL (blue marker line) and 112x68m LHLL (red marker line)