The Passenger’s Ships are not Permit Passing Through the Dam Lock Since 2018
Three Gorges Dam ship locks close for passenger’s ship since 2018, and cruise ships would dock at Maoping (a suburb of Yichang, just west of the Three Gorges Dam) from 2018. If passengers want to experience how the ship cross the dam, take the optional tour of ship lock experience is a good choice.
The ship lift an optional tour of Yangtze River Cruises. On both upstream (day 2) and downstream (day 4), passengers will disembark, and take a specially-designed sightseeing boat through the ship lock lift. A visit to the Three Gorges Dam will follow. Then the cruise companies provide land transfers between Yichang and Maoping in both directions for embarking and disembarking passengers.
The world's largest hydropower station
The total installed capacity of the Three Gorges Hydropower Station is 18,200 MW with an annual electricity output of 84.68 billion KW/h.
What is the Dam Ship Lift Like?
Under construction since 2008 and completed last November, the ship lock lift is the final component in the Three Gorges Dam complex. It is the largest of its kind in the world, capable of lifting ships of up to 3,000 tons. It is nearly the height of a 40-story building, with a water volume equivalent to 4 Olympic swimming pools. The vertical distance traveled is 113 meters (370 feet).
The ship locks utilized primarily for cargo ships and take 3 to 5 hours to traverse, while the new ship lift, designed for passenger ships (with safety features for passenger ships, including a fire escape), can be transited in 40 minutes to an hour. The new unique ship lock lift (a kind of elevator for vessels) at the Three Gorges Dam beginning with first regular season sailing on March 2017.
Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift - Three World Records
Lifting and Height are the Highest in the World
The ship lift can carry maximum of 3000 tons’ ship, has a maximum tonnage of 15,500 tons, and a maximum climbing height of 113 meters (371 ft).
The Largest Scale and Most Difficult Technical
To set up a ship lift in such a large dam is not an easy work, the whole line length 5,000 meters and 146 meters in height totally, For the project safety and difficulties, it considers the world’s most difficult technical.
Shorten the Transit Time from 3-4 Hours to 40 Minutes.
The ship have to use 3-4 hours passing through 5 step lock and reach to the downstream river, the ship lift provides the fast access for the cruise ships and cargos, and shorten the time to 40 minutes.
Experience ship lift by taking these Yangtze cruise ships: Century Legned, Century Paragon, Victoria Jenna, Yangtz 2, Yangtze Gold 7, Yangtze Gold 6