26.5m Floating Bridge - Chain Ferry. Car and Passengers
L.O.A. : 34.4424 m with Prows raised
L.B.P. : 26.6700 m Pontoon length
Breadth : 12.8016 m overall
Depth amidships : 2.5908 m to vehicle deck
Depth at ends : 1.8288 m to vehicle deck
Draught loaded : 1.3716 m
Full Load Displacement : 233.691 tonnes
Length of carriageway : 30.1752 m between gates
Breadth of carriageway : 7.4676 m midships
Breadth of carriageway : 3.8862 m between gates
Description: Last full survey in 2016. The existing floating bridge was built in 1975 and came into service in 1976; through its 40 year life it has operated 18 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a crossing time of no more than 2.5 minutes every 10–15 minutes. In recent years the floating bridge has transported approximately 1.5 million pedestrians and 400,000 vehicles per year. Due to funding grants the local authority commissioned a new ferry which is now in service.
Powered by two Caterpillar engines,
Engine No 2 South SN 02B05903 -running hours on engine counter 07520½
Engine No 1 North SN 02B05975 -running hours on engine counter 73393½
Reported running hours approximately 20 hours per day but only one engine required at a
time. 2 x Main engine belt driven alternator 4 kW (240 V 50 Hz) and 1 x Auxiliary diesel driven alternator 3 kW (240 V 50 HZ) Emergency / Harbour independent generator.
The chains are not availbe but are an open link chain that can be easily sourced. Small quantity of spare parts come with the ferry and a set of part worn chain drive wheel segments. The foundry that casts these items holds the moulds for them.
Drawings and paperwork available on request.
Could be put back into service or possible other options Houseboat, Restaurant, Conversion to a sink dock.