Dopperlmayr have completed construction of the world’s longest lift, a 3S gondola.
With a length of 7,899.9 meters, the Hòn Thơm 3S beats the record previously held by another 3S lift in Vietnam, the Fansipan Legend, by almost one and one-half kilometres.
The route of the new tricable gondola lift crosses the sea and connects the vacation islands Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in the south of Vietnam.
Work on the new lift, which is now both a comfortable means of transport and an attraction in itys own right at the same time, began in September 2015. Towers of up to 164 meters in height have also been built on another two islands that lie between the two vacation islands to support the lift cables. This gives passengers a breathtaking view. A speed of 8.5 meters per second enables a trip time of just 15 minutes.
The cabins offer ample space for 30 passengers with lighting and PA systems inside the cabins powered by an innovative carriage wheel generator.
Doppelmayr/Garaventa fitters worked at high altitudes above the ground and sea, sometimes in unpredictable weather conditions during the monsoon season in particular, to complete the lift.
The new lift is the latest commissioned by the Sun Group Corporation which has already had doppelmayr build numerous ropeway installations, many of which have achieved entries in the Guinness World Records. These include the longest detachable gondola lift in one section (Bana Big Ropeway) and the reversible aerial tramway, Ha Long Queen Cable Car, which has the biggest ropeway cabin (capacity 230 passengers) as well as the tallest ropeway tower (188.88 meters).
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