Navire Cargo Gear Wins Kuwait Linkspan Contract
The Port of Shuaiba in Kuwait is to be the location for the latest Navire Cargo Gear linkspan. It will be built in Kuwait by Kuwait Shipbuilding and Repairyard Company. This linkspan was designed by Navire Cargo Gear in conjunction with Shuaiba Port officials to meet tidal conditions at Shuaiba, and with regard to traffic conditions expected. The linkspan is the floating pontoon type and is designed to handle the largest r o l l - o n / r o l l - o f f vessels currently planned. Cargo handling capabilities include 40-foot containers on trailers, forklift trucks carrying full containers, roll trailers and ab- normal loads of up to 120 tons on special heavy-duty trailers.
The pontoon has a maximum displacement of approximately 1,100 tons, a length overall of 40 meters (about 131 feet), and a breadth of 22.5 meters (about 74 feet). The ramp mounted on this pontoon is in two sections, the shoreside part is 24 meters long (79 feet) and has a 9-meter-wide driveway (30 feet), sufficient for two-way traffic. The seaward section of the ramp is 18 meters long (59 feet), with the 9-meter-wide roadway splaying out to 22 meters (72 feet) to accommodate the widest of RO/RO vessel stern ramps.
The linkspan will accommodate vessels at all tide stages.
Delivery of the unit to Shuaiba Area Authority is scheduled for April 1982.