Jan De Nul Lifts Zeebrugge Lock Gate – Heavy Lift News
1 Jun 2020

Jan De Nul Lifts Zeebrugge Lock Gate

In the presence of the Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters and the Port of Zeebrugge, Jan De Nul Group disconnected, lifted and transported by means of a heavy lift vessel the second lock gate from the Pierre Vandamme lock to the inner port for renovation. A spectacular operation because such a gate weighs over 2,500 tonnes and has the surface of one quarter of a football pitch (60m x 10m x 24m). These works are commissioned by the Flemish Department of Mobility and Public Works and are part of the large-scale renovation of the Pierre Vandamme lock, the crucial point of access to the inner port of Zeebrugge.

After six weeks of preparations to make the lock gate ready for lifting, the heavy lift vessel ‘Gulliver’ of Jan De Nul Group can now lift the door out of its position. The ‘Gulliver’ is a pontoon derrick that can lift up to 4,000 tonnes. The whole operation is a sequence of several partial operations that have been meticulously planned and prepared. The works started at 3 o’ clock at night and will take an estimated 19 hours.

Source Jan De Nul

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