It might seem like a long time to listen to elevator music, but engineers expect the 40 minute ride up and down China's 600 ft Three Gorges Dam wall to carry 6 million tonnes of cargo per year.

The massive project now cuts the time it takes to get a ship to navigate to the top of Three Gorges Dam from the Yangtze River below.
The massive project now cuts the time it takes to get a ship to navigate to the top of Three Gorges Dam from the Yangtze River below. ( Image Source )

After building the world's largest power station, engineers at the Three Gorges Dam in China's Hubei province tackled another mammoth project: building the world's largest ship elevator.

Blocking the normal route along the massive Yangtze River, engineers have found a unique way to accommodate shipping containers and passenger ferries up and down the new 600 ft Three Gorges Dam wall (completed in 2012).

Capable of lifting over 3 million kg of water, ship, and whatever else needs lifting, the massive 15,500 tonne elevator cuts the 3 hour time that ships normally use to navigate to the top of the dam to just 40 minutes.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies