Dock Side Support Arms

Improve docking efficiency, centre your vessel with no bilge blocks
  • 22,5 ton SWL capacity per arm
  • Synchronized arms operation for vessel centering
  • Supporting the ship in the dock, i.e. no bilge blocks
  • Side Load Monitoring - live data display on armloads and position
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The Syncrolift Dock Side Support Arms are designed to increase the docking capacity of a graving dock, floating dock or shiplift.

As the side support arms will flexibly dock any ship, no preparation of dock is required, hence more time available for ships in dock. Added advantage is no need for wooden blocking, except for keel.

The side support arms also allows for more access to the hull, compared to wooden bilge blocking.

The dock side support arms can be customized for any dock or shiplift.

Key Features

  • High Load Capacity: Each arm is capable of supporting up to 22,5 tons of static weight load (SWL), making them suitable for a wide range of vessel sizes, from small boats to large commercial ships.
  • Synchronized Operation: The arms operate in a synchronized manner to ensure even distribution of support along the vessel’s hull, providing a stable and secure environment that minimizes the risk of structural stress or damage to the ship.
  • Enhanced Safety Features: Equipped with side load monitoring systems, the Dock Side Support Arms offer real-time data on arm loads and positioning, enhancing the safety protocols during docking operations. This system helps prevent overloading and ensures the vessel is always correctly centered and supported.
  • Efficiency and Flexibility: The arms are designed to replace traditional bilge blocks, significantly reducing the manual labor and time typically required for ship docking. Their quick deployment and retraction capabilities allow for rapid adjustments, increasing the shipyard's throughput and operational flexibility.
  • Durability and Low Maintenance: Built to withstand harsh marine environments, the Dock Side Support Arms are constructed from high-quality materials that resist corrosion and wear. Their robust design ensures long-lasting performance with minimal maintenance requirements.


The Syncrolift Dock Side Support Arms are particularly valuable in commercial and military shipyards where the quick, safe, and efficient docking of a variety of vessels is a routine requirement. They are also well-suited for yards undergoing modernization to enhance safety and operational efficiency.


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