50 Ton Heavylift Hovercraft Ready for Charter

press release
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
modular heavy lift hovercraft

First such vessel built in Singapore.


Hovertrans Solutions Pte. Ltd. (Hovertrans Solutions) announced today that it has successfully completed the construction of a modular heavy lift hovercraft, the first of its kind to be built in Singapore. The hovercraft, commonly referred to as a hoverbarge, is now ready for charter. It is ideal for industries such as oil and gas, heavy logistics industries as well as for civil engineering work in otherwise inaccessible or environmentally sensitive terrain.
 

Built in ST Marine’s Benoi Yard, the Hoverbarge measuring 34m by 17m with a 50-tonne payload, is formed by joining specially designed modular ISO container size pontoons with skirt pontoons and a lift fan and engine module. This modularity means the entire Hoverbarge can be trucked individually to inland areas that need such a capability and which would otherwise be impossible to access. It also allows for shipping via conventional container vessels - thus keeping mobilisation costs low. With a hover height of 1.8m, the Hoverbarge is able to operate in high sea conditions and overcome obstacles on land.
 

Mr Ng Sing Chan, President of ST Marine and Chairman of Hovertrans Solutions said, “The successful completion of this Hoverbarge marks a turning point for ST Marine and Hovertrans Solutions.” He stressed, “The completion of the Hoverbarge now enables potential customers to see and appreciate how a hoverbarge works and its potential for a diverse range of applications.”
 

This 50-tonne Hoverbarge is different from conventional high speed hovercraft as it is constructed of steel to provide the ruggedness needed for the oil and gas sector. It is also designed for cold weather operations up to - 40°C. It can move heavy cargo or equipment over swamps, wetlands, tundra, ice, dry rivers and shallow water, opening up exciting possibilities for oil and gas exploration and remote field development. With a footprint of only 1 psi, conducting operations in environmentally sensitive terrain will now become a real possibility.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan GPS Backup Bill

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation,

Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste.

Lack of Ship Definition is a Threat to Investors

AKD says the lack of an unambiguous term to describe a ‘ship’ in several jurisdictions represents a potential threat to asset security for financiers, particularly

Marine Propulsion

Lack of Ship Definition is a Threat to Investors

AKD says the lack of an unambiguous term to describe a ‘ship’ in several jurisdictions represents a potential threat to asset security for financiers, particularly

Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Polar Research Vessel

Rolls-Royce informs it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel,

Wärtsilä's' New Plant in Brazil

Following an investment of 20 million euros, Wärtsilä's' new unit will produce and test motor generators and thrusters   Wärtsilä's first unit at Porto do Açu in São João da Barra (RJ),

Energy

Lack of Ship Definition is a Threat to Investors

AKD says the lack of an unambiguous term to describe a ‘ship’ in several jurisdictions represents a potential threat to asset security for financiers, particularly

UK North Sea Workers Give "Overwhelming" Support for Strike

Trade unions Unite and GMB said members working offshore in Britain's North Sea oil and gas industry had shown overwhelming support for industrial action in a consultative

CSIC, CSSC Dismiss Shipbuilder Merger Rumors

China's state-backed shipbuilding giants said they have not received any merger-related information from authorities, after an executive swap between the firms sparked a market rally in their shares.

Logistics

Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste.

Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing

Statoil: Polarled Pipe-Laying Kicks Off

On 26 March, the Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project. The 482-kilometre long pipeline will transport gas

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3532 sec (3 req/sec)