Gepost maandag 15 december 2003 @ 16:13
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.
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.
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
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.
Gepost maandag 15 december 2003 @ 17:25
Compass, een goeden middag van Aadje,
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 ?
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