Description: The Siberian 200 tonne payload hover barge was designed as a support vessel for oil exploration in the artic, comprising high grade steel to withstand freezing temperatures of -40 degrees centigrade. It was equipped with an air cushioned lift system, powered by Caterpillar diesel generators, so the vessel could travel over arctic tundra in summer when the arctic ice shelf melts. The vessel was designed by Hovertrans and built by Fergusons Shipyard of Glasgow for a Russian oil company
She is 45m x 25m built from EH36 steel.
Powered by 4 x CAT3412 Diesel Generators.
These power the Lift Fans, Can also be used for Sire Electricity.
Lifting Payload minimum 200 tons.. 10 tons per Squ. Mtr.
Loads lifted to 6’
ON sea pull by Tug or on Land by Tractor or similar.
There are drive on Ramps
Sleeps 10 in 5 Comfortable Bunkrooms with Galley and Mess.
Well Insulated for Cold weather. Applications:
Can be used to carry heavy loads to and from Ship to shore
and on occasion Has taken loads 110 miles off coast in Abu Dhabi.
Can take Machinery to Oil Rigs, Wind Farms, or on to
marsh lands, Tundra or desert. Specifications :
Vessel type : Hoverbarge
Year constructed : 2007
Length over all : 45m
Beam : 25m Construction:
The Hoverbarge has been designed for simple operation.
You do not need a hovercraft pilot to operate the Hoverbarge.
The crew required to operate the Hoverbarge is as follows:
1 x Barge Master
1 x Assistant Barge Master
1 x Engineer (Diesel Engines)
1 x Electrician
1 x Cook
3 x Deck hands
The Hoverbarge can be towed by tug or tractors. During tests, the force required
to tow the Hoverbarge without a payload was: 2.1 tonnes in water and1 tonne on mud
Accommodation The Wheelhouse
The wheel house is fully insulated with a lobby and meeting table for comfort.
The windows are heated along with heated wipers to allow good visibility in
the extreme cold. The control panel allows precision adjustment of the fan
to adjust the hover height, along with GPS, electronic compass,
electronic charts, wind speed, VHF radio and PA system.The Galley
The galley provides all the amenities required for 10 people including a
dishwasher, cooker, microwave, toaster, fryer, coffee machine and fridge.
There is a separate hand wash basin from the main sink. The store room
next door contains a further fridge and two chest freezers.The Mess Room
The mess room is situated net to the galley, with a dining table,
benches and a sofa area. Equipment:
Power 4 x CAT 3412 Diesel Generators
Lift 4 x Hovertrans Centrifugal fans
Materials Manufactured from EH36 steel Possible Uses of the Hover Barge
1. Ferrying in shallow rivers that for one reason or another can't be dredged.
2. On stretches of river or waterways that freeze (Regions in Canada for example)
3. Artic evacuation or rescue craft
4. Drilling in shallow waters or wetlands
5. Transportation of heavy equipment to remote locations e.g.
oil wells/petro-chemical processing plants
6. Mopping up oil spills
7. Ship to shore use
8. Access to off-shore wind farms
9. Fitted with Generators to supply Electricity to remote Work Townships
10 Cabin and work areas Insulated against extreme Cold.
A video of the barge can be seen at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?