Scharnebeck Twin Ship Lift

Coordinates: 53°17′32″N 10°29′18″E / 53.29222°N 10.48833°E / 53.29222; 10.48833

The Scharnebeck twin ship lift is on the Elbe-Seitenkanal, which connects the Elbe (at Artlenburg) and the Mittellandkanal (near Wolfsburg).

The boat lift was built in Scharnebeck to the North-east of Lüneburg in 1974 and was at that time the largest ship lift in the world. The first ship passed through the lift on 1975-12-05.

There is a museum at the site which can be visited by walkers.

Technical data
  • Design: double counterweight lift
  • Construction cost: 152 million Deutsche Mark
  • Vertical lift: max. 38 m (depending on the water level of the Elbe)
  • Trough size: usable length / usable width / water depth 105 m / 12 m / 3.38 m
  • Gate safety: The catch ropes at the trough gates reduce the usable length of the trough by 5m.
  • Total weight of the trough filled with water: 5,800 t
  • Total moving weight of a trough, the water contained, and associated parts: approx. 11,800 t
  • Weight of one counterweight of which there are 224 per trough: approx. 26.5 t (giving a total of 5,936 t per trough)
  • Dimensions of one counterweight: 6.8 m x 3.4 m x 0.32 m
  • Thickness of the steel cables: 54 mm
  • Source of power: 4 electric motors of 160 kW each (together about 870 horsepower)
  • Time taken to lift or lower a trough: 3 minutes
  • Time taken to pass through the lift: 15–20 minutes
  • Visitors per year: approx. 500,000

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