Hovertrans Solutions Pte. Ltd., is a designer and manufacturer of hoverbarges for heavy lift in difficult terrain in the global oil and gas, and specialist transportation industries. The company will make its debut at the Offshore Technology Conference 2010 to be held in Houston, Texas, from 3-6 May.
The amphibious hoverbarge is capable of carrying thousands of tonnes in payload over swamps / wetlands, tundra, ice and shallow water, and opens up possibilities for oil and gas exploration and remote field development. A significant advantage of the hoverbarge is that it only exerts 1psi ground pressure whilst on hover, thus minimizing any environmental footprint.
Hovertrans Solutions is formed by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine). The new company leverages ST Marine’s extensive design, engineering and worldwide presence, including their US operations with VT Halter Marine shipyards in Mississippi USA.
Hovertrans Solutions has developed a new modular range of hoverbarges ranging from 50 tons to 400 tons. The modular hoverbarge is constructed from specially designed pontoons with a modular skirt and lift fan system. The modularity means that the hoverbarge can now operate inside previously difficult to access areas. The hoverbarge can be trucked to the location and assembled on-site, enabling access to inland areas such as lakes, rivers and wetlands. Another significant advantage is that mobilization and de-mobilization costs are significantly reduced thus making it more cost effective to own and operate hoverbarges for charter companies.