• Short Summary

    EXTENDING AMSTERDAM'S HARBOUR TO ENABLE IT TO TAKE SHIPS OF MORE THAN 100,000 TONS HAS PRESENTED SPECIAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS.

  • Description

    EXTENDING AMSTERDAM'S HARBOUR TO ENABLE IT TO TAKE SHIPS OF MORE THAN 100,000 TONS HAS PRESENTED SPECIAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS. IN ORDER TO OVERCOME THESE IN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TWO HUGE FLOATING CRANES HAVE BEEN TOWED INTO THE HARBOUR TO AID THE CONSTRUCTION.

    THE FIRST HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR SOME TIME AND THE SECOND WAS TOWED INTO PLACE TODAY (WEDNESDAY). FIVE TUGS TOWED THE 5,000 TON CRANE PLATFORM INTO POSITION. THESE FLOATING CRANES ARE THE BIGGEST OF THEIR KIND IN THE WORLD, STANDING 80 METRES (262 FEET) ABOVE THE SEA. THEY COST 15 MILLION GUILDERS EACH (ABOUT GBP1 1/2 MILLION).

    ONCE IN POSITION THE CRANE PLATFORM IS FIXED TO THE SEA-BED BY EIGHT LEGS, EACH 40 METRES (131 FEET) LONG. THE PLATFORM STANDS ABOUT 20 METRES (65 FEET) ABOVE THE WATER-LEVEL.

    THE EXTENSION TO THE HARBOUR IS A SEVEN YEAR PROJECT. IT WAS BEGUN IN 1960. DURING THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION SOME THREE MILLION TONS OF STONE WILL BE USED. THIS HAS BEEN IMPORTED FROM BELGIUM. EVERY DAY TWO SPECIAL TRAINS BRING THE STONES TO THE HARBOUR DIRECT FROM THE QUARRY SOURCE IN BELGIUM.

    ONE OF THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE CRANE IS AN ELECTRONICS NAVIGATION SYSTEM ENABLING THE CRANE DRIVER TO LOCATE THE EXACT SPOT FOR HIS LOAD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA84AY5RIKUKTU2OJO6DN0L8Q8J
    Media URN:
    VLVA84AY5RIKUKTU2OJO6DN0L8Q8J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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