Hoist helps Workshop to Manoeuvre Canal Gates

Helping the Canal & River Trust to lift and manoeuvre wooden lock gates for canals is the VERLINDE EUROBLOC VT3 electric wire rope hoist. The ten tonne hoist is part of a crab unit that was selected for its ability to offer dual speeds and high levels of operator control.

Pelloby, a company which has been working as a UK distributor of VERLINDE products for several decades, designed, manufactured and implemented the double girder crane system.

The Canal & River Trust has been producing lock gates for the UK´s waterways since 1963. This investment in the 10 tonne double girder crane is designed to further enhance capability at the organisation´s Bradley Workshop in Bilston, West Midlands where around 180 lock gates are produced every year.

With over 1,500 locks on UK canals, building new lock gates is a year-round job at the Canal & River Trust. An average lock gate lasts for about 25 years. Towards the end of their working life they will get a visit from the Trust´s carpenters, who measure it up, ready to be rebuilt back at the workshop. Usually it takes a couple of carpenters two weeks to build a pair of lock gates, but for the biggest gates it can take over a month. Every single lock gate is unique and made in the traditional way using sustainable oak.

Heavy design and construction is needed so that the gate holds up to the pressure of the canal water and continual wear and tear from boats that pass through the lock. This weight means that suitable cranage capacity is required to lift and transfer lock gates between workstations.

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