June 15, 1976 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Syncrolift® Commissions World's Largest Shiplift At Canary Islands Repair Yard

The largest shiplift system in the world was placed into operation with the commissioning of the Syncrolift owned by Astilleros Canarios, S.A., at Las Palmas, Canary Islands. With a platform 562 feet 10 inches long by 98 feet 5 inches wide, the Syncrolift can lift vessels up to 25,000 deadweight tons.

As shown in the accompanying photograph, the shipyard at Las Palmas has the capacity of handling seven large vessels or 14 smaller vessels simultaneously on shore, while still having the Syncrolift platform available for docking vessels for emergency repairs. The vessels shown in this photograph undergoing maintenance and repairs on shore include a cruise ship, a cargo vessel and a fishing vessel. The vessel being moved off the Syncrolift platform is a 7,000-ton-displacement oil drilling rig. The heavy concentration of weight in way of the drilling rig posed no problem for the Syncrolift, since the platform is especially designed for high block loading.

Las Palmas is uniquely situated in the midst of shipping lanes between Europe, the Middle East, the Western World and the developing countries in Africa.

Astilleros Canarios expects the installation of its new facility, with the versatility of the Syncrolift, to contribute toward the improvement of the local economy by increasing the ability of the Canary Islands to service the various types of vessels traveling the adjacent. shipping lanes, as well as those going to and from Las Palmas. In particular, it is expected that the large international fishing fleet working off the North African coast will use this facility.

Syncrolift Drydocks and Transfer Systems are designed and manufactured by Pearlson Engineering Company, Inc., P.O. Box 560008, 8970 S.W. 87th Court, Miami, Fla. 33156.

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