Lifting Services International, a division of Taylor Woodrow, are operating a Water Skate system for handling heavy loads. The Author, of Air Cushion Equipment Ltd (who manufacture the equipment under their Water Skate Trademark), describes the features of the system. Applications mentioned include the movement of ship sections of up to 110 tonnes, and the launching of a deck-cargo barge weighing 1,800 tonnes; the launching was done with 21 water skates which supported the vessel while it was being moved over temporary tracks (of compacted limestone covered with steel sheet) into the sea over a distance of 150 ft from the fabrication site on the beach. A larger skate which has been designed would have a lifting capacity of 900 tonnes and a lift height of 1 foot. This extra height is useful for such tasks as loading long heavy loads on to barges. Water skates can also be advantageously used, in conjunction with cradles, in the preparations for the launching of ships from side slipways, and in the launching and recovering of vessels over temporary slipways consisting of steel sheet laid on a beach. The device would provide a low-cost solution to such problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kalerghi Publications

    51 Welbeck Street
    London W1,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Latham, A
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

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  • Accession Number: 00165255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM