Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new shiplift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at the Barcelona shipyard.
The first phase of the Shiplift project will provide a platform of 81 meters by 20 meters with the capability to lift and transfer mega yachts of up to 105 meters length. The system is designed to enable future increases in length and capacity for mega yachts of up to 120 meters length. The largest mega yachts can be docked in the graving dock, which is located in the expanded MB’92 site.
The shiplift and single level transfer system has been custom designed to maximize the productivity of the site layout. The transfer cradles will enable the mega yachts to be moved longitudinally and laterally between the shiplift and the designated shore maintenance berths using rail mounted, rotatable bogie units. The new Pearlson Shiplift will benefit from PSC technology originally established in 1957 with the invention of the Syncrolift system by Raymond Pearlson and its subsequent development worldwide. Expertise accumulated over more than 50 years is now vested in PSC under the direction of Douglas Pearlson, company president and son of Raymond Pearlson.
Pepe García-Aubert, managing director of MB’92 said, “We have found the original shiplift and transfer system installed at MB’92 in 1999 to be a cost effective and reliable docking and transfer solution which is ideally suited for the mega yacht market. It was the obvious solution for our expansion project and we are delighted to have the support and expertise of the team, which originally invented and developed the Syncrolift shiplift technology.”
The new shiplift and transfer system will incorporate shore berths for up to nine maximum length mega yachts. It is expected to become operational in the last quarter of 2017.