By Keith Henderson at March 29, 2011 07:41
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Hovertrans Solutions Pte. Ltd, Singapore, recently announced it will be constructing a 50 tonne payload hoverbarge which is expected to be available for charter from third quarter 2011. Measuring 34m x 17m, lift is provided by two MAN 2842 LE201 diesels of 620 kW (900 hp) and can be self propelled by adding two Caterpillar powered ducted fans (air propellers) in modular propulsion units. The hoverbarge was first developed in the UK in the 1970's by Air Cushion Equipment Ltd., to provide a solution to the problem of heavy lift in difficult terrain in the global oil and gas, and specialist transportation industries. A very low ground pressure of around 0.07 bar (1 psi).makes it ideal for crossing difficult terrain such as swamps, shallow water, soft mud, sandbars, wet sand etc. When off-hover, it reverts to its ship like characteristics and floats like a normal marine barge. [More]

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