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Vertical shiplifts

Vertical shiplift is a vertical type of ship lifting/launching device. This equipment is intended for controlled automated launching and lifting of ships and submarines.

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Vertical shiplift with longitudinal knurling of the object

Shiplifts are manufactured in accordance with Technical Conditions 6418-005-58311503-2016.

“TEHNOROS” offers design, production and supply of vertical shiplifts with a working lifting capacity of up to 30 000 tons.

A vertical ship lift is a horizontal platform for launching vessels from the slipway level to the water or lifting a vessel out of the water. Vertical movement of the platform is carried out by using a system of synchronized winches.

Vertical shiplift platform at the bottom and working positions

Vertical shiplift platform at the bottom and working positions

We offer vertical shiplifts with longitudinal, transverse and combined knurlingof the object on the platform.

The feed direction of the object on the platform 

The feed direction of the object on the platform

Advantages of a vertical shiplift:

  • smaller plan dimensions compared to self-loading dock chambers and slips
  • less construction and installation work and time needed for construction
  • speed and high controllability of lifting and lowering operations
  • independence of lifting operations from fluctuations of the sea,
  • low operating costs (high reliability and lack of underwater serviced mechanisms)
  • less possibility to deform the bottom of the vessel (submarine) due to the use of a rigid support platform

The main components of the vertical shiplift are: 

  • automated control system
  • assembled hoist winches (with the platform fixing nodes)
  • vertical pillars
  • lifting platform

Vertical shiplift winches 

Vertical shiplift platform

Vertical shiplifts are equipped with a modern automated control system which includes the following main components: 

  • electrical equipment cabin (EEC)
  • control cabin (CC)
  • local winch control stations
  • technological TV system
  • system of objective control

Vertical shiplift electrical equipment cabin


The automated control system provides the following basic operations:

  • platform movement management:

-          moving upward
-          moving downward
-          lifting up to one of the specified levels (0m, service)
-          lowering down to one of the specified levels (0m, -12 m)
-          heaving up from -12 m level up to the touch of the vessel (when the specified load occurs)
-          heaving down from the 0m level down to the vessel's descent (load reduction by a set amount)
-          stop
-          fixing at one of the specified levels (0m, service)
-          setting up (service mode)

  • weighing vessels and determining the coordinates of the projection of the center of gravity on the platform plane;
  • smooth increase and decrease of platform speed with acceleration set by the operator;
  • automatic maintaining of the platform's angular position set by the operator (set values of list and trim);
  • automatic and manual alignment (roll and trim equalization) of the platform;
  • adjusting the speed of the platform movement within 20-100% of the rated speed;
  • constant automatic monitoring of the speed and position of the platform;
  • setting-up mode (Service mode) with independent control of each winch;
  • platform braking control in case of power failure;
  • ongoing and pre-start diagnostics of the state of electric drives;
  • pre-start, starting, operating, emergency light and sound alarms.

Vertical shiplift control desk 

The automated control system is powered by a three-phase alternating current with a voltage of 380V and a frequency of 50 Hz. The power supply voltage is applied to the electrical equipment cabin (EEC) on the main automatic switch of the input device panel. Then, through the contacts of the main contactor, power is supplied to the power part of the electrical equipment.

The basic technical offer uses one cabin of electrical equipment. At the request of the Customer, to optimize the length of cable lines, it is possible to use two EECs (agreed at the stage of the technical project), located one on each side of the hydraulic structure of the ship lift.


Basic input/output and positioning system of the vessel consists of electric saws, deflecting blocks and bale bars with rolls. This equipment is installed on reinforced concrete abutments of a vertical shiplift. The type of spires and their installation locations must be approved by the hydrotechnical part designer.

Vertical shiplift input/output system

The scheme for entering ships (without specifying tugs) is shown below.

Vertical shiplift. The object input/output

An automated ship input/output and positioning system can be delivered on request.

Conditions for safe lifting/launching (docking) of the vessel

To ensure the most safe lifting/launching of the vessel, complete with a vertical shiplift it is necessary to use slipway trolleys and keel beams from the STS supplied with the shiplift, or similar equipment agreed by the Supplier for joint work with the shiplift.

The maximum lifting capacity of the shiplift is provided with a uniform load on all winches.

Main design specifications of the vertical shiplifts

Loading capacity, t

400 – 30000

Platform velocity with the maximum loading capacity, m/min

0,2 -1

Vertical platform traveling, m

3 – 20

Lift platform length, m

10 – 200

Lift platform width, m

5 – 40

Lifting mechanisms quantity, pcs.

4 – 60

One lifting mechanism loading capacity, tons

100 - 400

! Parameter values can be changed according to the Customer’s technical requirements.