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Gepost maandag 15 december 2003 @ 16:13

Late in the afternoon on the 17th January 2002, a catastrophic accident occurred at one of the four historic boat lifts (no. 1) on the Canal du Centre, near La Louvičre, Belgium.

The 350 ton péniche “Vedette”, carrying 238 tonnes of coiled wire, was leaving the lower caisson, when inexplicably, the caisson started to rise. The “Vedette was caught amidships by the overhead 'guillotine' gates and trapped halfway out. The caisson continued to rise and tilted forward as the front of the caisson was prevented from rising by the “Vedette” and the 'guillotine' gates. From the damage caused to the caisson guides on the central support towers, it appears that the caisson managed to rise at least to the halfway point.

Substantial damage was inflicted to “Vedette”, the 'guillotine' gates seriously crushing the cargo hold and then as the caisson returned back to ground level, the “Vedette” slid further out of the tilted caisson, ripping out the twin rudders from the rear of the hull and removing the wheelhouse on the 'guillotine' gates. In addition, one of the coils of wire punctured the forward bulkhead and diesel tank. Fortunately, the diesel was contained within the hold area and not released into the canal.

The structural damage to the lift, built in 1888 and operational since 1917, is considerable. The caisson has been seriously buckled and warped and will need to be replaced. Superficial damage has been caused to the six towers but inspection of the hydraulic ram under the caisson cannot be viewed (flooded). If the ram is damaged then this will be a further serious setback. There have been problems with this lift for nearly four years due to a serious leak in the hydraulics that causes the ascending caisson not to reach full height and backup hydraulic pumps have to be used to assist the last few feet causing a considerable time delay. It is not known if this was a contributory factor in the accident.

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Gepost maandag 15 december 2003 @ 17:25

Compass, een goeden middag van Aadje,

ik ben sept. jl de oude sluisjes en tevens de nieuwe sluis gaan bekijken. Ik heb e.e.a. op cd-rom staan. Hoe kan ik dat overbrengen ?

hoor graag.

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Gepost maandag 22 december 2003 @ 20:07

dit is waarschijnlijk de kleinste schepenlift ter wereld,er zijn nog nooit ongelukken mee gebeurd,binnen drie minuten wordt je naar de andere kant gezet wie er nog een kleinere weet mag het melden.groeten Anne

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