List of boat lifts

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This list includes all types of constructions to lift or lower boats between two levels of a waterway, such as boat lifts, canal inclined planes, portage railways and water slopes, but excluding conventional locks. This list is not complete.

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  • Danjiangkou dam boat lift, also in Hubei Province, capable of lifting vessels of 450 tons displacement.
  • Geheyan dam boat lift, in Hubei Province, capable of lifting vessels of 300 tons displacement. The dam was completed in 1994, but technical difficulties delayed the opening of the ship lift for four more years.
  • Longtan dam boat lift, capacity to lift vessels of 250 tons, in a basin 40×10.8×1.8 meters, and a vertical lift of 68.5 meters.[2]
  • Yantan Ship Lift
  • Three Gorges Dam, boat lift (possibly complete July 2016)[3] and staircase lock[4][5]

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Flag of Japan.svg Japan[edit]

Keage Incline around 1940

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Krasnoyarsk Inclined Plane

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Hay Inclined Plane

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  2. ^ Prototype observation study of Yantan vertical ship lift Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Phase I Field Trial of Ship Lift at Three Gorges Dam Successfully Ends". CHINA THREE GORGES PROJECT. 2016-08-14. Archived from the original on 2016-08-14. Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  4. ^ Wang Weiluo (June 19, 2000). "Three Gorges Probe" (19). Probe International. Archived from the original on March 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  5. ^ Ship-lift-at-Three-Gorges-Dam-China-design-of-steel-structures.pdf at

Further reading[edit]

  • Tew, David (1984). Canal Inclines and Lifts. Sutton Books. ISBN 0-86299-031-9.
  • Uhlemann, Hans-Joachim (2002). Canal lifts and inclines of the world (English Translation ed.). Internat. ISBN 0-9543181-1-0.

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