Tandanor, S.A. Installs World's Largest Shiplift

The largest shiplift in the world recently began operations at the Tandanor, S.A., shipyard, Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Syncrolift® shiplift platform is 185 meters long by 32 meters wide (about 607 feet by 105 feet), and has a lifting capacity of about 40,000 dwt. Completed only 18 months after construction began, the Tandanor Syncrolift was commissioned in late 1979.

The Rio de la Plata Shipyard is a state-owned facility which began its activities in 1879. The original yard was a Navy repair facility, and the present company continues this tradition as well as serving commercial vessels.

Because of its prior success in repairing and b u i l d i n g ships, Tandanor several years ago decided to expand its docking facility.

Tandanor's engineers did an in-depth study of the various available drydocking systems to determine which would give the most efficient, economical operation and meet the unique requirements of their yard. Due to the lower construction cost, decreased construction period, space availability, possibility of immediate enlargement at low cost and reduced time of operations, the Syncrolift system was selected.

The on-shore transfer system permits the yard to handle as many as six full-capacity vessels, or 12 smaller vessels simultaneously, and still have the Syncrolift platform free for docking Naval vessels. The transfer system has two sections; the larger work berths are for commercial vessels, and the smaller ones, in- eluding covered work areas, are for repairing and refitting Naval ships.

In the brief time since the new Syncrolift installation was commissioned, Tandanor reports it has already generated over a million dollars in revenue despite the fact that the transfer system is only partially completed.

Tandanor anticipates once the full facility is operating, the increased economic effect of the Syncrolift shiplift and transfer system will be a p p r o x i m a t e ly $20,000,000 a year.

Pearlson Engineering Company, a member of the NEI Group of Miami, Fla., supplied the Syncrolift equipment and design. There are presently 138 Syncrolift installations in 57 countries, including 26 which belong to national navies.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Feb 1980

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