Spotted: Heavy Lifter Shipping Legs for New York Wheel

Image Courtesy: Mammoet

Dutch provider of engineered heavy lifting and transport Mammoet has transported the four legs of the New York wheel on board a heavy lift carrier Palabora.

The legs, weighing more than 500 tons each, were fabricated in Italy and arrived at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal on October 3, 2016.

The legs are 5.4 meters wide and will be 83 meters tall when erected. Once installed, they will provide support for the wheel and will be topped with a brace hub and spindle.

The cargo was transported on board the 10,052 dwt Palabora, which is managed by Germany-based BBC Chartering. Built in 2010, the vessel features a length of 134 meters and a width of 23 meters.

The New York Wheel, an initiative of the New York Wheel Company, is being constructed near the northern tip of Staten Island, about 35 meters from the shores of New York Harbor.

Once construction has been completed, it will be the world’s tallest observation wheel at 192 meters.

Image Courtesy: Mammoet