2900 tonnes of chain

DSL_5.jpgAn interesting lift task was the unloading of 2900 tonnes of anchor chain. Chain was delivered in the hull of a Chinese junk. Each bundle weighed 290 tonnes. The links were cast 180mm steel and each link weighed 400kgs. The handling of this chain was difficult because of the sheer weight and size, along with difficulty of getting lift slings around the links. Unloading was a continuous 70 hour operation for two cranes.

Contractor Vol.32  No.8  September 2008
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