Marine Link
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hovercraft News

Crowley Orders Griffon Hovercraft from Kvichak

Griffon Hovercraft Limited of Southampton England has licensed Kvichak Marine Industries Inc of Seattle to manufacture its range of diesel-engine powered amphibious hovercraft. Through its licensing agreement with Kvichak Marine and its exclusive sales agent in the U.S., Griffon Hovercraft-USA, Griffon Hovercraft Limited (“GHL”) is able to improve access to the U.S. market for domestic build requirement projects, and Kvichak Marine in turn gains access to the largest range of hovercraft available in the world to manufacture - possibly in the world’s largest market. Griffon Hovercraft-USA (“GH-USA”) operates from its offices in Stamford Connecticut and is the sole representative for the sales and marketing of Griffon Hovercraft manufactured in the U.S.

Crowley Orders Hovercraft from Kvichak

Griffon Hovercraft Ltd. of Southampton, U.K. has licensed Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Wash. to manufacture its range of diesel engine-powered amphibious hovercraft. Through its licensing agreement with Kvichak Marine and its exclusive sales agent in the U.S., Griffon Hovercraft-USA, Griffon Hovercraft Ltd. is able to improve access to the U.S. market for domestic build requirement projects, and Kvichak Marine in turn gains access to the largest range of hovercraft available in the world to manufacture - possibly in the world's largest market. The first order for a Kvichak-built Griffon hovercraft has already been confirmed and building has commenced.

NEWS:Crowley Orders Hovercraft from Kvichak

Griffon Hovercraft Limited of Southampton England has licensed Kvichak Marine Industries Inc of Seattle to manufacture its range of diesel-engine powered amphibious hovercraft. Through its licensing agreement with Kvichak Marine and its exclusive sales agent in the U.S., Griffon Hovercraft-USA, Griffon Hovercraft Limited is able to improve access to the U.S. market for domestic build requirement projects, and Kvichak Marine in turn gains access to the largest range of hovercraft available in the world to manufacture — possibly in the world's largest market. Griffon Hovercraft-USA operates from its offices in Stamford Connecticut and is the sole representative for the sales and marketing of Griffon Hovercraft manufactured in the U.S.

First American-built EPS M10 Hovercraft Commissioned

On June 15, 2011, the EPS M10 Hovercraft was commissioned as the “Al-Wajh.” Hovercraft Al-Wajh is the first of two to be delivered by EPS Corporation of Tinton Falls, NJ, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior Border Guard. The Commissioning Ceremony was held at the Border Guard Base at Aziziyah. In attendance at the commissioning were the Director General of the Saudi Border Guard, St. Maj. General Zamaim J. Al-Swat, the Assistant Director General, Rear Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, EPS Chairman and CEO, Mr. Francesco A. Musorrafiti, Mr.

Textron Gets Navy 'Ship to Shore Connector'

Image courtesy of Textron

Earlier reported here, now more detail added with acknowledgement to 'Defense Industry Daily'. Textron, Inc. in New Orleans, LA have been awarded a $212.7 million fixed-priced incentive-fee contract for the detail design and construction of a ship to shore connector (SSC) test and training hovercraft, and technical manuals. This contract includes options for up to 8 production SSC hovercraft, which could bring the cumulative value of this contract to $570.5 million. The Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) hovercraft program aims to build on the USA’s LCAC hovercraft experience…

Hovercraft Creates Lifeline to Alaska Drill Site

Crowley's hovercraft Arctic Hawk shuttles people and supplies to an Alaskan drill site which became disconnected after the road leading to it was washed out. (Photo: Crowley)

About half a million barrels of oil is extracted each day from Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfields. One of its drilling sites, Endicott, is located on a spit of land connected by the gravel Prudhoe Bay road system and is normally accessible by truck – until recently, when the road was washed out. Faced with the dilemma of how to get workers, food and supplies to the work site, Hilcorp, a privately-held exploration and production companies in the U.S., turned to Crowley and its hovercraft, Arctic Hawk.

EPS Corp Launches First EPS M10 Hovercraft

Photo courtesy EPS Corporation

The EPS M10 Hovercraft, built at the company’s facilities in Titusville, Fla., was launched in late 2010 and was shipped to its final destination in early January 2011. The successful engineering, manufacturing and launching of this fully composite vessel is a historic event as it is the first of its kind to be built in America and launched in its waters. The EPS M10 is constructed of non-corrosive, fiber-reinforced advanced composites which are environmentally friendly and provide significant reduction in operating, maintenance, and through-life costs.

Northrop Grumman Wins Korean Navy Hovercraft Deal

Northrop Grumman Corporation won a contract from General Marine Business Inc. Korea (GMB) to supply an integrated cockpit navigation and control system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s new LSF-II program, a high-speed hovercraft landing ship. The firm fixed-price commercial contract, valued at $5.6 million, for the delivery of the first two craft in 2006, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit.

Rolls-Royce to Power USN Hovercrafts

Image credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce wins contract to power the U.S. Navy’s future fleet of hovercrafts, known as the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC). The Group will work with Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, which has been selected to build the initial development craft, in a program that could extend to 73 craft. The SSC will replace the Navy’s current fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft over the next 20 years. The new hovercraft will be used to rapidly deploy personnel and vehicles between U.S. Navy ships and the shore.

SCIGRIP Transforms Hovercraft Assembly Process

Photo courtesy of Hoverwork

Griffon Hoverwork, a designer and manufacturer of technically advanced hovercrafts, has collaborated with SCIGRIP, the global supplier of smarter adhesive solutions, in the development and production of their latest vessel. The newly completed 12000TD is a 22 meter passenger craft and represents a significant shift in manufacturing techniques for the UK hovercraft company. The 12000TD craft has been specially commissioned by Hovertravel, the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft service that offers the fastest way to cross the Solent between Southsea…

Composite Holdings Acquires Land for Marine Vessel Manufacturing

On 22 February, EPS Corporation’s 50-percent owned Composite Holdings Inc. (CHI) acquired approximately 37 acres and some 141,000 SF of marine composite manufacturing facilities, located off the Barge Canal on Merritt Island, Florida. This Merritt Island acquisition, combined with the 2008 acquisition of 50 percent of CHI and its over 13 acres and 89,000 SF of marine manufacturing capacity on the Indian River in Titusville, Florida, provides EPS and its affiliate CHI about 50 acres of Florida waterfront property and over 230,000 SF of modern marine composite manufacturing facilities. “EPS is excited about this investment in the area. We expect great things moving forward with our line of marine vessels, which will be manufactured at these facilities,” said Mr. Francesco A.

New Canadian Coast Guard Hovercraft Arrives

CCGS Moytel: Photo courtesy of Canada Govt.

Canadian Government ministers have announced the arrival in Canada of the new hovercraft to be stationed at Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia – the 'CCGS Moytel'. The new hovercraft will be named the CCGS Moytel. Moytel is a Halq’emélem word meaning “to help each other.” Canadian Coast Guard vessels are given names that promote Canadian sovereignty, culture, geography and history. As a replacement for the CCGS Penac, the new Moytel will be a heavy-duty, more versatile amphibious vehicle capable of patrolling inland waters.

50 Ton Heavylift Hovercraft Ready for Charter

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.

This Day in Naval History - Jan. 23

From the Navy News Service 1960 - The Bathyscaph Trieste descends to the deepest part of the ocean -- the Marianas Trench. 1968 - USS Pueblo (AGER 2) is seized by North Korean forces in the Sea of Japan. 1991 - Navy A-6 Intruders sink an Iraqi tanker and accompanying hovercraft that were monitoring allied air activity over the northern Persian Gulf.

Heavy Lift Hovercraft Ready for Charter

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.

AKER FINNYARDS

Based in Rauma, Aker Finnyards recent history is indicative of the changes, which continue to sweep the Finnish maritime scene. Finnyards is owned 100 percent by Norwegian interests, part of Aker Yards, an international shipbuilding group comprising Aker Finnyards together with a German and two Norwegian shipyard groups. Aker Yards is owned by Aker RGI. Aker Finnyards' main activities are construction of specialized ships, vessels for oil and gas production and heavy offshore structures. While the shipyard's reign under Norwegian rule is relatively short, its experience and accrued expertise spans many decades and includes more than 1,500 ships built — both long series and extremely demanding one-offs.

EPS Acquires 50% Stake in VectorWorks

EPS Corporation (EPS) has announced the acquisition of one-half interest in Vectorworks Marine LLC, manufacturer of reinforced plastic composite vessels. The Vectorworks facilities, located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Titusville, Florida, specializes in producing state-of-the-art marine vessels for military, commercial, sport, and recreational use. Vectorworks provides its services to government agencies, commercial entities and other marine manufacturers worldwide. Presently under construction at Vectorworks for delivery in 2009 to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior for the use by the Saudi Arabia Border Guard Naval Affairs, is the first of two EPS M-10 Hovercraft vessels which can operate effectively at sea, in shallow water, and over land.

EPS Supports Navy SCC Cost Study

EPS Corporation has been awarded a $200,000 contract to support the Ship to Shore Connector (SCC) cost study for the Department of Navy. The SSC is intended to provide the functional replacement for the Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft currently in service. To meet the mission requirements for the SSC, this next -generation platform must be designed, developed and produced to reduced operations and maintenance costs, and improved reliability and maintainability.

Extreme Applications Demand Specialist Small Craft

In a dangerous world, even the largest ship in the world depends on the smallest maritime security and special mission platform. And when it comes to small boat security operations, innovation is the name of the game. With 90% of world trade transported by sea then passing through ports and waterways, no amount of technology will replace the requirement for multiple small fast craft and skilled operators. Finding new ways to share knowledge and best practice has never been more important in the maritime world.

Kvichak-built Hovercraft for Sale

SUNAX (Photo courtexy Kvichak)

The 95’ BHT-150 hovercraft SUNAX, built by Kvichak Marine Industries and owned and operated by Aleutians East Borough, is for sale through public competitive bid. The hovercraft will be sold through a sealed bid process. An IFB package will be available May 15, 2014, copies will be provided upon request. The bid due date is June 10, 2014. The sale includes spare equipment/materials. The hovercraft is available for inspection by interested parties in Akutan, Alaska. Builder . . . . . . . Designer . . . . . . . . Griffon Hoverwork, Ltd. Length (overall) . . . . . . . . . . . Beam (overall) . . .

Companies Team on Ship-to-Shore Connector

Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has teamed with L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) to pursue the Navy’s next generation landing-craft, the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), and to further develop the Navy’s contract design using its proven detailed design-to-prototype build practices. The SSC program, estimated by the Navy to have a value of $4b, provides for the construction of up to 80 hovercraft to replace the aging Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) fleet. These craft provide the primary over-the-horizon, ship-to-objective amphibious lift capability, as well as the capability to move across the beach carrying heavy payloads for military and humanitarian operations.

Canada to Get 6 CG Vessels for $324m

The Canadian government will reportedly spend $324 million to purchase six new vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, according to a report on www.cbc.ca. The vessels will reportedly include four midshore patrol vessels, one offshore science vessel and one hovercraft. Three of the vessels are bound for British Columbia, two are destined for Nova Scotia and one will go to Quebec. All six will be built in Canada, which should boost the country's shipbuilding industry. In addition to the six new vessels, Hearn said the coast guard will spend $17 million to buy a high-speed air cushion vehicle that will be used in search and rescue services in Quebec.

ISS Appoints New VP, Operations for Europe and North Africa

Photo: ISS

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) appointed Clive Lane as Vice President of Operations for Europe and North Africa. In his new role, Clive will be responsible for delivering exceptional services to ISS customers and ensuring optimal operational performance in the region. Prior to joining ISS he was Ports Liaison Policy Lead for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Clive has also worked as a Port Director for Poole Harbor and as a General Manager for part of the Associated British Ports (ABP) group of companies where he was responsible for delivering a range of operational management…

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News