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A hovercraft-based ice drift station gives researchers access to previously inaccessible regions of the changing Arctic sea ice cover off the coast of Greenland.
Imagine spending the winter camping near the North Pole, drifting on a raft of sea ice-temperatures below −30°C, five months of almost total darkness, and roaring sounds of crushing ice nearby (but you don't know exactly where). Read More
Griffon Hoverwork's training and support team travelled to Peru where they spent five weeks with the Peruvian Navy conducting maintenance and pilot training and helped to set up the Navy's new training facility in Iquitos.
Griffon's training and support team trained and certified four maintenance instructors from the Peruvian Navy who went on to certify seven maintenance engineers to Level 1. A further ten maintenance engineers and ten trainee pilots were awarded craft introduction certificates. During their final exams everyone achieved over 70% with some achieving 94%. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork was honoured to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent who was accompanied by the HM's Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire.
Following Griffon Hoverwork's achievements over the years as a successful UK manufacturing company who successfully export their products worldwide and continue to maintain and grow their industrial skills, HRH The Duke of Kent expressed his desire to visit the Southampton based company. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork demonstrated their new hybrid hovercraft at the Latin America Healthcare showcase hosted by UK Department for International Trade during the Colombia state visit to the UK.
The Colombian government were invited to the showcase at HMS President's shore establishment, near Tower Bridge. Griffon Hoverwork and other members of the BISEN consortium were invited to demonstrate their solutions for healthcare and security in Colombia's post conflict period. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork's innovative battery-free diesel-electric drive features in the October edition of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International
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The theme for this year's Canadian Ferry Operators Conference in Ottawa is "Accessibility in the Ferry Sector". It is the perfect platform for Griffon Hoverwork to demonstrate to the ferry operators how their innovative hovercraft can tackle any terrain from extreme icescapes and floodplains to rapids and shallow waters. With water integral to Canada's infrastructure, transport solutions which help keep communities connected and support the economy are high priority. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork have developed a ground-breaking new model of hovercraft called the 12000TD. The new craft is the most technically advanced and modern hovercraft available today, offering better fuel efficiency, low emissions and significantly less noise.
Our sister company, Hovertravel, is the first company to operate the new model of hovercraft, investing in two new passenger hovercraft to replace their ageing fleet, the two craft named 'Solent Flyer' and 'Island Flyer' will enter into service this summer. As the world's longest running commercial hovercraft operator, Hovertravel operate between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, making 70 journeys a day across the Solent. Read More
We are pleased to announce Griffon Hoverwork will be exhibiting at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2016, the international exhibition of electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems, technologies and components.
The exhibition will be held from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd June 2016 at Amsterdam Rai, The Netherlands.
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Hovertravel has revealed the exciting new look and announced the names for its two new hovercraft. The striking design is a dynamic representation of the union flag which uses the red, blue and white background of the craft to create a traditional look with a contemporary feel. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork recently completed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) to fabricate one 7m C-Worker aluminum hull. The vehicle is suitable for a variety of offshore and coastal tasks such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring.
For further details visit www.asvglobal.com
The brand new 12000TD hovered for the first time last week and has been moved out of the engineering shed to undergo sea trials. This is the first of two 12000TD's for Hovertravel, which will operate on the Southsea to Ryde route.
The hovercraft will undergo a comprehensive trials and testing process, measuring the performance of the craft on the water to ensure it meets with Griffon Hoverwork's manufacturing and design parameters.
The Indian Coast Guard have deployed one of their hovercraft to patrol the coastlines of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
The hovercraft (H-193) stopped at Paradip beach drawing attention with the local residents before heading on to the Coast Guard base.
The Indian Coast Guard use the hovercraft for coastal patrol, search and rescue operations, maritime surveillance and to provide assistance to fishermen in distress. The hovercraft will be used in 'Operation Oliva' to prevent illegal sea fishing and helping to protect endangered sea turtles.
With a collection spanning decades the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-On-The-Solent is now open to the public. The museum will be open on Saturdays and Wednesday afternoons.
The hovercraft museum is the only one of its type in the world, with a collection of over 70 hovercraft, including those from James Bond and Top Gear. The gas turbine cross-Channel hovercraft and the world's oldest operational hovercraft, the SRN6 can also be seen at the museum.
Warwick Jacobs, the museum's founder, said 'Our first day was very exciting.'
For further details visit www.hovercraft-museum.org
Air Engineering Technicians (AETs) from the Defence College of Technical Training's Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School, HMS Sultan have been working hard to help prepare the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-On-The-Solent for visitors.
Taking on a number of different maintenance tasks, the group's main objective was to restore Skirts to several of the Hovercraft, including the first production hovercraft in the world, the SRN5, which had been trialled by the Interservice Hovercraft Trials Unit (IHTU) at HMS Daedalus from the early 1960s. Read More
Construction work of two new vessels is underway for the Southsea-to-Ryde route at Griffon Hoverwork.
The two new 12000TD hovercraft for Hovertravel are capable of carrying 88 passengers and will enter service in 2016.
"We are very happy with the progress of the build and we are on plan to have both these two craft in service next year", explains Neil Chapman, Managing Director of Hovertravel. Read More
Apprentices from Griffon Hoverwork were amongst other Southampton apprentices recognised in a prestigious graduation ceremony, opened by Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Linda Norris. The Celebration of Achievement Award Ceremony was held at Southampton Guildhall, providing an opportunity for apprentices to celebrate their achievement with friends, family and employers, where they were presented with their certificates on stage in true graduation style. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork's Chief Pilot travelled to Trios Rivieres, Quebec to conduct a 'train the trainer' course for the Canadian Coast Guard. Three senior captains from the hovercraft unit, two from Quebec and one from the Vancouver base attended the course.
The train the trainer course will enable the Canadian Coast Guard to deliver an internal hovercraft pilot training course and to issue a Type Rating Certificate to new pilots. Read More
Griffon Hoverwork Ltd signed a cooperative agreement with Paramount Group, the African based global defence group, revealing a number of global projects that will bring British hovercraft capability to Sub-Saharan Africa and innovative South African designed and developed naval solutions to European customers.
The announcement was made at Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI), the world-leading aerospace, land, maritime and security event taking place at EXCEL in London. Read More
On 22nd August 2015 Prof. Yngve Kristoffersen together with Audun Tholfsen arrived in Longyearbyen, Norway with the hovercraft Sabvabaa after spending one year drifting across the Arctic Ocean.
The ice drift station known as FRAM-2014/15 used a 2000TD Griffon Hoverwork hovercraft, which was equipped as a scaled down modern research vessel, enabling unique measurements to be collected from the inaccessible Arctic Ocean. Read More
At this time of year, people flock to our beaches and for the RNLI and other Rescue organisations this means numerous callouts to casualties in the water or people stuck in the mud.
A hovercraft is a vital asset to any rescue organisation, the craft will operate on large areas of sand or tidal mud flats and in shallow water where normal boats cannot operate and where the surface is too soft to support a land vehicle. Read More
In 2014 the Lithuanian Border Guard requested to have a 'Train the Trainer' course for their senior pilot, Mr Verbickas. Griffon Hoverwork's Chief Pilot conducted the training in Lithuania and awarded Mr Verbickas with a Type Instructor certificate.
As a result of the 'Train the Trainer' course the Lithuanian Border Guard have trained four new hovercraft pilots Read More
Crowley hovercraft helps Hilcorp establish a new lifeline to Endicott, Alaska drill site
About half a million barrels of oil is extracted each day from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oilfields. One of its drilling sites, Endicott, is located on a spit of land connected by the gravel Prudhoe Bay road system and is normally accessible by truck - until recently, when the road was washed out. Read More
A one-metre thick sheet of ice might seem an unbeatable foe but it's no match for a device that can obliterate it without coming more than an arm's length from its surface.
The Sipu Muin icebreaking hovercraft, one of just four in Canada, has been crushing ice in local waters by creating waves beneath the icy surface. The waves cause the ice to wobble and snap.
The principle is ingeniously subversive. "The ice is not flexible," Commander Lynn White told CTV Montreal. "Once the wave reaches the ice, it will break." Read More
Norwegian scientists Yngve Kristoffersen and Audun Tholfsen have recently celebrated spending 6 months living and working on their ice drift station and have kept a weekly diary reporting from the Arctic.
The two scientists have accomplished a lot of work and generated relevant scientific knowledge from the seismic and bathymetric data collected with their hovercraft 'Sabvabaa'.
Click here for extracts from their diary.