Launching a ship sideways into the water safely in an extremely controlled manner is possible with the aid of Holmatro’s custom-made Ship Launching Sets. One set consists of a cylinder with an electrical quick relief valve, a hand pump with a pressure gauge, a 5 metre hose and a 5-litre tank with a large diameter connection hose. 4, 6, 8 or more of these sets, combined with an electrical control unit are required for launching, depending on the conditions and the dimensions of the ship. Click on the image below for more (technical) information.
A sideways launch is always exciting and attracts a lot of people. When you hear the words on the tannoy: “...and wish your crew a safe voyage...” and the Champaign bottle breaks in one go, all eyes are focussed on the immense ship which is about to make its acquaintance with the water. When the last blocks are removed and the hydraulic pressure falls, the rumble can be felt. It is quiet and everyone in the shipyard and on the other side of the Winschoterdiep holds their breath. “Loose!” is heard, as the ship glides from the slope, first slowly and then more quickly.
Wim Vosdingh, Business office assistant Ferus Smit: “Launching a ship without damage to the ship, the surroundings and safety for bystanders is paramount. This means that we work under extremely controlled conditions. Holmatro understands this. Together we developed launching sets which comply perfectly with our business philosophy.”
Lifting, pushing, pulling, lowering, weighing, tilting or horizontal movement; whatever direction your project moves in, we move with you. In collaboration with our R&D, Production and Service departments, we place ourselves in your situation and participate fully in the thinking process to achieve the right solution for your usage requirements. Allow us to inspire you and challenge us to come up with a solution for your specific problem. We look forward to hearing from you!
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