Rolls-Royce is to develop the largest ship lift in Asia at a new repair yard near Hai Phong, Vietnam. This follows a decision to extend the Syncrolift ship lift currently being installed at the yard, which will be capable of docking Panamax size ships.
The original contract for the Syncrolift was awarded by Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Northern Shipping Joint Stock Company (Nosco) in December 2009, and comprised a platform 179 metres long, 35 metres wide with a maximum net lifting capacity in excess of 23,000 tonnes.
With the new extension, the platform length will be 225 metres and the maximum net lifting capacity increased to more than 28,000 tonnes. Jeffrey Langsner, Rolls-Royce, Director - Shiplifts comments: “With this contract modification, the new Syncrolift will be the longest and will have the largest lifting capacity of any ship lift in Asia. This Rolls-Royce technology will significantly expand the capability, flexibility and efficiency of the shipyard.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2012 and is one of four ongoing Syncrolift projects in Vietnam. More then 240 Syncrolifts installations have been designed and supplied to 70 countries.