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    Hovertrans building heavy lift hover barge

    Vessel & ROV News // March 8, 2011

    The hover barge will have a payload of 50 tonnes.

    Hovertrans Solutions Pte Ltd (Hovertrans Solutions), adesigner and manufacturer of hover barges for heavy lift in difficult terrain in the global oil and gas, and specialist transportation industries, says it isconstructing a 50 tonne payload hover barge
    for charter.

    Measuring 34m x 17m, the modular hoverbarge with a 50 tonne payload and hover height of 1.8m will be built by ST Marine. This hover barge can be self-propelled by adding two modular propulsion units. The hover barge is expected to be available for charter from third quarter 2011.

    Hovertrans Solutions is a subsidiary of ST Marine and was formed with experienced partners with 40 years of design and construction experience in the hover barge marketplace.

    Said Hovertrans: "The amphibious hover barge is capable of carrying cargo or equipment over swamps, wetlands, tundra, ice and shallow water, opening up exciting 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 minimising any environmental footprint and in many cases will be the only platform that can be used for the tasks."

    Manufactured from cold weather steel and with a specialised skirt system, the hover barge can operate in temperatures ranging from 40C to -40C. Itis designed using a
    modular concept and involves connection of ISO container sized pontoon units and a skirt frame.

    This enables the hover barge to be shipped around the world using most conventional shipping, thus keeping transportation costs down for customers. Re-assembly and
    commissioning of the hover barge can be completed within a day.

    This modularity also opens up access for inland operations that require the use of a hover barge.

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