Pearlson Begins Construction Of World's Largest Ship Transfer System
Pearlson Engineering Company, Inc. of Miami has begun work on the world's largest ship transfer system that will be installed at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited in Barrow-in Furness, England, as part of the yard's Submarine Facilities Project.
Up to 90 self-propelled transfer cars will be used to move completed vessels on and off the Syncrolift® shiplift. The transfer system will also be used to move individual hull sections inside the construction hall.
The Syncrolift at Vickers will be 530 feet long and 71.2 feet wide, and will have a maximum lifting capacity of 24,000 tons. Scheduled for completion in 1986, the shiplift will incorporate 108 hoists, each with a capacity of 270 tons. R.T. James and Partners, London, are the consulting engineers.
Pearlson Engineering is a member company of Northern Engineering Industries.