This picture doesn’t look like much but one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had was traveling through the locks of The Three Gorges Dam in China. The world's largest dam with the world's largest stored power capacity has one of the world's largest locks to help ships navigate the Yangtze River. The Three Gorges lock includes a 370-foot change in water level as ships manage the system of five stairstep-style locks. Able to send ships either direction, the lock system takes just over two hours to navigate the steps. The 918-foot-long lock can handle ships up to 10,000 tons. But if you have a smaller, 3,000 ton ship, just head over to the Three Gorges ship elevator, which uses 6.7 million pounds of water within the gear-powered chamber to get the 370-foot ride done in just 40 minutes.
The tragic fate of #sailors aboard an ill-fated #Iranian#oil#tanker that had been burning near #China ’s eastern coast for a week has been sealed. Iranian officials say the #vessel has fully sunk, and that available evidence indicates that all crew members #died soon after it collided with another vessel and a powerful blast ensued.
Iranian oil tanker #Sanchi caught fire last Saturday night after it collided with the CF Crystal, a #HongKong -registered bulk freighter carrying wheat from the US, about 160 nautical miles east of the #Yangtze estuary.
It had been burning ever since despite international rescue efforts. Those efforts were hampered because of the scale of the fire and heat. The tanker was carrying 136,000 metric tons (nearly one million barrels) of condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, which kept on exploding.
Thirty two crew members were on board, comprising 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.
Mohammad Rastad, a spokesman for the Special Task Force established over the incident, said on Saturday that there was no hope to find the crew members alive.
Rastad said available evidence, including remarks by the crew members from the CF Crystal and latest updates from rescue workers and the commander-in-chief of the Chinese rescue mission, showed that the crew had died early after the collision because of the massive blast and the release of toxic gas.
اخه به کدوم غمت بگرییم ای سرزمین این ایرانم چقدر مصیبت باید بکشن مادران وطنم چقدر غم چقدر گریه چقدر اندوه چقدر ناله... صبر صبر صبر صبر صبر... #سانچی#نفتکش_ایرانی#ایران#تسلیت