April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

Projects

Hovertrans 50-ton Payload Heavy Lift Hovercraft

Hovertrans Solutions Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine), is constructing a 50-ton payload hoverbarge that is designed for heavy lift operations in difficult terrain. Measuring 34 x 17 meters, the modular hoverbarge will have a hover height of 1.8 meters and can be self-propelled by adding two modular propulsion units. According to company officials, this amphibious hoverbarge is designed to carry cargo or equipment over swamps, wetlands, tundra, ice and shallow water, opening up possibilities for oil and gas exploration and field developments in remote areas. A significant advantage of the hoverbarge is that it only exerts 1 psi of ground p

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