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Evergreen Maritime breaks a world record of airbag ship launching

By Qingdao Evergreen Maritime

Evergreen Maritime breaks a world record of airbag ship launching

02/05/2010 On 1 Feb. 2010 Qingdao Evergreen maritime company flawlessly launched a DWT 58,000 cargo ship with Evergreen airbags in Zhejiang China and this launching project sets the new world record of airbag ship launching.
This cargo ship holds 11,800 tons is 199 meters long and 32 meter wide. It is built on a 0.87 degree concrete ramp whose end is a sluice gate. From the water gate to ship's stern is 15 meters and the water beyond the gate is 8 meters deep. Total 76 pieces Evergreen airbags are employed to complete this project and also two 25 tons winches.
For big ship launched with marine airbags, the scientific design from calculation is vital for success. To ensure this DWT58, 000 cargo ship's safe launching, there are two conditions must be satisfied first: avoiding the "bow decline" during the launch process and the rush distance is controllable when ship is after launch.
Evergreen experts are gathered to calculate the launching project of the largest ship ever be launched by marine airbags. From mathematic modeling to computer simulation every step of launching process are researched carefully. From the water level to weather variety most conditions are considered for the design. When settle the arrangement of marine airbags Evergreen engineers find the stern rope must be added to control the rush of ship after launch. So 4 stern ropes are demanded to fix on the bollard of a floating dock with 45 degree angle to the ship and the time of cast anchor is also stated.
At 31 Jan. Qingdao Evergreen Maritime completed the ship raise and most block remove work. At that time two winched pulled ship from slipping and the blocks under stern remained. The highest tide of 1 Feb. is estimated to occur at 10:30 AM, so launch time is decided to be 10 AM. At 9:30 am Evergreen team began to adjust the inner pressure of airbags at stern to be 0.12Mpa and then released the steel ropes from winches. At 9:50 airbags under gravity center and bow were inflated to be 0.15Mpa then the ship began to move slowly by riding rolling airbags. During the launch process the ship's incline angle is increasing until the stern floated when the bow enters into deep water already. There is no "bow decline" phenomena occurred just as forecasted by calculation.
When ship advanced in the sea for a certain distance its bow anchors was casted and four stern ropes were trained. So ship moved sideways then it was pushed by two tug boats to mooring.
The success of DWT 58,000 ship launched with Evergreen airbags not only creates a world record of airbag ship launching but also means the airbag ship launching technology reaches a new altitude. Evergreen Maritime is devoted to the marine airbags' manufacture and launching technology development for more than 5 years so he achieves today's accomplishment.
Qingdao Evergreen Maritime is never satisfied and forever on the go.

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Qingdao Evergreen Maritime

Qingdao Evergreen Maritime (Yong Tai) is the leading manufacturer of Marine Fender System, Floating Pneumatic Rubber Fenders (Yokohama Type), Foam Filled Marine Fenders, Ship Launching Airbags. Also Evergreen act as the world leading contractor of ship launching/landing, marine salvage and refloatat…

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