PENARTH WATCHES 1,000-TONNE MOBILE CRANE LIFT FLOATING DOCK

The Cardiff Bay Mermaid symbol was dwarfed by the huge mobile crane on the Barrage

The Cardiff Bay Mermaid symbol was dwarfed by the huge mobile crane on the Barrage

Scores of spectators jammed the car park at the Penarth end of the Cardiff Bay barrage last night to watch a spectacular lifting operation being carried out by a 1000-tonne mobile crane.

The crane was brought in to hoist a floating dock called Sealift 2 from the tidal outer harbour , over the barrage and lower it into Cardiff Bay.

The floating dry-dock Sealift 2 in Penarth Outer Harbour is prepared for the lift

The floating dry-dock Sealift 2 in Penarth Outer Harbour is prepared for the lift (Photo John Clark)

Sealift 2 had been brought in from Brixham and was separated into two sections. The smaller was able to enter Cardiff Bay through the Barrage locks but the larger section was just too big for the locks – hence the need for the crane and the lifting operation.

 

Specators sat down to enjoy the action as lifting strops were attached to the Sealift 2

Spectators sat down to enjoy the action as lifting strops were attached to the Sealift 2

Huge counterweights were added to the rear of the crane to keep it balanced.

Huge counterweights were added to the rear of the crane to keep it balanced and stop it tipping into the sea.

Additional counterweights had to be added to the huge crane to ensure it was balanced for the delicate lifting operation.

Eventually the huge floating dock was suspended clear of the water and hoisted up to barrage level

Eventually the huge floating dock was suspended clear of the water and hoisted up to barrage level

The Sealift 2 was eventually hoisted clear of the water and deposited on the Barrage car park temporarily whilst the crane was re-configured to lower the vessel into Cardiff Bay and maintenane work was carried out on Sealift 2

The access road was being kept open will be kept open except for about 30 minutes whilst the lift into Cardiff Bay was being carried out is taking place.

It took several hours to install adn erect the huge cranes on site before the lift could take place.

It took several hours to install and erect the huge cranes on site before the lift could take place.

The floating dock is to be based on the River Ely downstream of the Railway Bridge where it will become a new facility for Cardiff Marina for the servicing of large motor yachts and sailing vessels.

75% of the car park area was closed to traffic during the operation and Cardiff Harbour Authority apologised for any inconvenience caused.

The floating dock was lowred onto the barrage car park before being lifted again into Cardiff Bay on the freshwater side of the barrage

The floating dock was placed onto the barrage car park before being lifted up again and lowered into Cardiff Bay on the freshwater side of the barrage

The floating dock will be able to accommodate vessels up to  65 feet in length and will enable their hulls to be repainted and repaired in a fraction of the time that it would take for conventional dry docking or lift-out .

 

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3 Responses to PENARTH WATCHES 1,000-TONNE MOBILE CRANE LIFT FLOATING DOCK

  1. whatsoccurin says:

    Lovely photos-missed this but did watch the RAF Helicopter which was hovering just off Penarth for over one hour last night-I think it was an exercise. Another interesting local project has been watching the demolition firm dismantling the old “blue tent” ice rink opposite the Marina-cranes have carefully dismantled it as though it was a large “meccano outfit” and I believe it will be relocated elsewhere.

    • AK says:

      The lifeboats crew were out on exercise together with the helicopter, but ended up involved in rescuing a swimmer as well as a family cut off by the tide.

      Lovely evening for it – but mind the tides.

      Don’t forget part two of four RNLI documentaries on BBC 1 tonight.

  2. Paul says:

    Really uplifting……….

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