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This is a photo I took yesterday afternoon. It shows the M/S Zhen Hua 33 arriving in central Stockholm after a journey of more than two months from southern China. It carried the heaviest and widest load ever brought along the narrow straits between the islands of the Stockholm archipelago.

Here is a larger (almost too large) version.

The heavy load resting on pontoons on the deck is the steel bridge that will connect the Old Town (Gamla stan) with Södermalm island. The bridge has been painted golden to harmonize with the buildings on both sides of the new sluice system (Slussen) being built to regulate the flow of water between Lake Mälaren and the sea.

The new bridge is 140 meters long and 45 meters wide and weighs at least 3.500 tons. The delicate process of putting it in its place is expected to take about two weeks. The area under the deck will be filled with water, making the Zheng Hua sink so low that the pontoons carrying the bridge can be moved by tugboats. After the ballast tanks have been emptied, Zheng Hua can start its long journey back to China.

A news site reported yesterday that the Chinese crew would refuse to go ashore during their stay in Stockholm. They were said to be afraid of the corona epidemic now spreading rapidly in Sweden, especially in Stockholm.

Maybe it wasn't a good idea to join the crowds watching the "golden bridge" from the heights of Södermalm...

Two more photos in the WS, perhaps more in my ordinary style. One is a close view of a part of the Zheng Hua, the other shows a glimpse from the crowd of spectators.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10832 W: 536 N: 21016] (91992)
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