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The Biggest Shiplift in The World

Krasnoyarsk ship lift


The Krasnoyarsk ship lift is the only one on the Yenisei River. This hydraulic structure created to overcome the difference in water levels above and below the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam & power station. The lift raises ships 104 meters. The ship lift is located at the juncture of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station to the left bank of the Yenisei River. Construction of the Krasnoyarsk ship lift started in 1963. It was necessary to restore navigation on the Yenisei River, terminated with the construction of in-stream dam of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric power station. Officially, the boat lift was put into operation in 1982.

the lift is in fact an electric rack railway. The track gauge is 9,000 mm (29 ft 6 5⁄16 in). At the time of its construction, this feat of modern engineering allowed for ships to be physically re-moved in only 90 minutes. Held to be a landmark symbol of Krasnoyarsk, the dam was depicted on the 10-ruble bill.

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See the stomach-churning tugboat effort to take a Russian aircraft carrier under tow

Video footage has emerged of the incredible effort required by the Russian tugboat Nikolay Chiker in 2012 to rescue the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov when its trouble-prone engines broke down during heavy weather in the Bay off Biscay, off the coast of Spain and France.

Russia’s largest warship was returning from a diplomatic visit to strife-torn Syria: A sign of Russia’s support for President Assad which would be borne out by the deployment of combat jets there in September this year.


The ocean-going tugboat is seen bobbing like a cork as it manoeuvres in heavy waves alongside the powerless 43,000 tonne warship. One miscalculation — one surprise lurch — could result in catastrophe.

The entire effort was to fire a line — you can see the smoke trail — between the two ships.

This would, in turn, be used to haul a much heavier cable into place.

The tugboat would then gradually take up the tension, and drag the mammoth aircraft carrier all the way back to Russia for repairs.

Admiral Kuznetsov was spotted again last year passing through the English Channel after another visit to the Mediterranean.

source: News Ltd

Tugboat sinks in Gastineau Channel

The Coast Guard response team applied boom to the water on Sunday to contain any fuel leaking from the sunken tugboat. A minimal amount of fluid was found to be on board.  The Coast Guard will be working throughout the week to coordinate a salvage operation.

The Challenger was built in 1944 for the U.S. Army and later used as a “bunk and breakfast” in Seattle. Around 2002, the tugboat made its voyage to Juneau and was eventually sold to local artist R.D. Robinson.

Original story:

A tugboat, known as Challenger, sank near Aurora Harbor around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Coast Guard Petty Officer Geno Kludt said the 96-foot wooden vessel was engulfed by water in about fifteen minutes.

No one was suspected to be on board.

“Basically, it’s one of those fixer upper type boats that’s been anchored up in Gastineau Channel. It just finally took on enough water and sank,” he said.

Kludt warned boaters to watch out for debris and the vessel’s mast sticking up. He said there are plans to assess the damage but raising it might be complicated.

“It’s ultimately the owners responsibility to coordinate the salvage efforts,” he said. “However, if he’s not able to take action on it, that’s when the Coast Guard may have to help with the salvage efforts to raise the vessel.”

There’s no word on when that might take place. For now, Kludt said boaters should proceed with caution through the site.

About the tug "Challenger"
Tugboat Challenger, a 96' TP Class tugboat, is currently being refurbished in Juneau, Alaska.

The keel was laid in March of 1944, in Wilmington, CA. August 1944 she was completed and designated as TP 126- ON 177380.

"TP" stands for Tug/Passenger.

She was built for the Department of the Army to service the West Coast up to the Aleutian Chain.

Currently no information has been obtained as to what she did during her "war years."

In 1946, she was decommissioned and sold to "Island Tug and Barge", on Vancouver Island, and renamed, "Island Challenger."

She operated throughout Puget Sound, to Northern B.C., pulling log rafts and barges, providing ship assists and salvage operations.

- http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/09/14/tugboat-sinks-in-gastineau-channel/
- http://www.diy-wood-boat.com/96-1944-tp-class-tugboat-being-refurbished-in-juneau-alaska.html