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Heavy lift, March 2002

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:35 am
by JK
I've been going through old files, clearing them out, when I came across these photos of the Zhen Hua 4 delivering a container crane in Halifax to Bedford Basin.
They had to time the delivery to an extremely low tide to get under the older suspension bridge.
Look at how low the ship is ballasted. I wonder how marginal she is on stability




Re: Heavy lift, March 2002

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:58 am
by Big Pete
I Guess she was ballasted right down to get under the Bridge, once she was inside Harbour limits, there is no requirement to maintain a Freeboard.

Re: Heavy lift, March 2002

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:35 pm
by JollyJack
I remember that, I was standing at the bottom of Jameson St, in Dartmouth. I believe it came from Colon, in Panama?

Re: Heavy lift, March 2002

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:21 am
by JK
Yes, BP. Just as a note, they are redecking that bridge. They have a gantry that travels along the suspension wires. They attach to a section, cut it loose, lower it to a barge, attach to the next section and raise it. The original girders are above the deck, the new decking have them under so there will be a view as you drive. They are going to raise the deck 3 feet or so when they are done to allow the larger ships more air space.
I have no idea where the delivery was from JJ.
My email folder is full of nuggets from 10-15 years ago.

Re: Heavy lift, March 2002

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:32 pm
by JollyJack
Aye, but bringing in the gantry was several years before redecking began. I watched the transit of the crane with a friend who has been dead since 2003