Hoverbarge ready for first charterNews // November 1, 2011
Hovertrans Solutions Pte Ltd has announced 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," said the company.
Built at 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 to inland areas that need such a capability and which would otherwise be inaccesible. 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: “Successful completion of the hoverbarge marks a turning point for ST Marine and Hovertrans Solutions.”
“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.”
The 50-tonne Hoverbarge is different from conventional high speed hovercraft. It is
constructed from 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 be possible.