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Winter Olympics 2010
The record-breaking cableway will span 4.4 km between Whistler Mountain, which is 2,182M high, and Blackcomb Mountain, which is 2,440 m. The gondola system will be built by the aerial cable car specialists Doppelmayr (Austria) and Garaventa AG (Switzerland) and will surpass two world records at one go. The distance between the two support ing masts which are set the farthest apart from each other will be 3,024 m. Also, the gondolas will dangle 415 m above the floor of the Fitzsimmons Creek val ley the highest ever in the history of aerial cable car construction.

To start off, the approximately 460 t of towing and carrying cables were loaded onto an inland barge in the Rhine river port of Basel. From there the heavy load sailed down the river to Vlisslingen (Netherlands). The steel cable reels were then transferred a vessel operated by the global shipping line Star Shipping, before setting out on their journey of several weeks across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal, and up the Pacific west coast of the USA to Vancou ver WA (USA). This port was chosen because of its 140 t Liebherr cranes, which were capable of handling the massive reels without difficulty.

Press releases in the International Transportation Journal