J3675 : The Building Dock Gate, Belfast

taken 1 year ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham and Ballyhackamore, Northern Ireland

The Building Dock Gate, Belfast
The Building Dock Gate, Belfast
The gate to the Belfast Building Dock, a floating caisson weighing 1,400 tons, must be floated in and out to allow ships to enter and leave the dock. Here the gate is being moved out to allow the 'Dorset Spirit' to depart. The tugs are the 'Sally McLoughlin' Link and 'Farset' Link (unseen behind). The line runner boat 'LB1' Link is standing off but was also involved.
The Harland and Wolff Building Dock, Belfast :: J3575

The building dock in Belfast was constructed between 1968-1970 by George Wimpey & Company for the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. A massive 556 metres long by 93 metres wide, it was designed for the construction of massive crude oil tankers and bulkers. Although many ships were constructed here, including two supertankers of 172,174 tonnes (343,423 DWT), the yard was in decline by the early 1970s and the dock never really fulfilled its potential. The last ship to be constructed was the 'Anvil Point' in 2003 and the yard now specialising in ship repair and the emerging renewable energies sector, notably offshore wind turbines and tidal energy projects.
Towering above the dock are the two gantry cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath'. Now landmarks on the Belfast skyline, the cranes were designed for the yard by the German firm Krupp. Goliath, completed in 1969 and mostly fabricated by the yard, stands at 96 metres and Samson, completed in 1974 and built entirely by Krupp, is taller at 106 metres. Both cranes have a span of 140m and have a safe working load of 840 tonnes each (though I believe were tested for 1,000 which caused the top girders to bend downwards by some 11 inches). They run on 800m of track which spans the length of the dock and each crane has 64 special anti-friction bearing mounted wheels.
Both the dock and the cranes are now protected scheduled monuments. See LinkExternal link for technical information .

LinkExternal link in an informative video from the BBC.

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J3675, 573 images   (more nearby search)
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Friday, 29 October, 2021   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 30 October, 2021
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Coastal  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
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Shipyard  Dock 
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Belfast  Musgrave Channel  Belfast Docks 
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Irish: geotagged! J 360 757 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.7083N 5:53.6797W
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Irish: geotagged! J 361 759
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Harland and Wolff  Harland & Wolff  Belfast  Dock Entrance  Belfast Harbour  Shipyard 

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