WATCH: China's Ridiculously Massive Ship Elevator
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What we have below is pretty much the opposite of that hilariously small elevator you have to maneuver in on a daily basis.
Digg spotted the absolute biggest, baddest elevator in the world – one so big that it can lift an equally impressive ship up the side of a dam. The CCTV+ YouTube channel archived the opening of Yichang City’s Three Gorges Dam ship elevator that comes with a swell amenity other dams don’t boast.
This one doesn’t just let water pass but also raises ships with a huge elevator that has no problem lifting most manmade objects.
Here is that video.
CCTV’s report explains just how impressive this massive installation truly is: “The vertical-hoisting elevator is designed to help small and medium-sized ships traverse the dam, while having a maximum displacement power of about 3,000 tons. The water levels behind the dam are up to 113 meters higher than those found downstream.”
If you like things that are amazing, you will enjoy the following video that illustrates how the equally brilliant Panama Canal works with its series of locks to raise ships to level.
Obviously, the world’s waterways are an open and free enterprise that welcomes myriad ships from around the globe. But that doesn’t mean its without its particular hardships.
Leave it to human ingenuity to figure out the more daunting peculiarities with extraordinary measures.
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