New boat hoist on the Thames is able to lift 70 tonnes

PLA's new hoist is able to lift up to 70 tonnes PLA's new hoist is able to lift up to 70 tonnes
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The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested in a new eco-friendly £400,000 boat hoist to give its fleet – and other vessels on the Thames – a lift.

The Power Hoist Atlantic (PHA) 100, made by Roodberg in the Netherlands, has been brought into service at the PLA’s marine services boatyard in Denton, Kent.

It weighs 35 tonnes and is almost 11m tall and able to lift 70 tonnes, 10 tonnes more than its predecessor.

“Replacing our boat lift with a new, higher capacity one underlines how important this operation has become, both to the PLA and the wider Thames community,” said PLA marine operations director, Peter Steen. “Over the past ten years we have invested more than £10m in creating at Denton the well-equipped boat yard and load out facility it is today.”

In addition, the lift is more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly and more manoeuvrable and will allow the PLA Marine Services team to lift the majority of the authority’s more than 40 vessels out of the Thames and deal with a wider variety of third-party Thames boats too.

Four-wheel steering lets the lift rotate on the spot; it also includes a 1,500kg crane on top of the structure.

The purchase of the hoist was facilitated by The Pontoon and Dock Company that represents Roodberg in the UK.

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