The Canadian Coast Guard have increased their fleet of hovercraft to ensure they have the equipment they need.
The new hovercraft named Moytel, meaning 'to help each other' is a AP1-88. It arrived at Vancouver in November and will be stationed at the Coast Guard base in Sea Island, Richmond, British Columbia.
This is the third hovercraft the Canadian Coast Guard have purchase from Griffon Hoverwork, the previous purchase in 2009 was a 75 tonne craft named Mamilossa.
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Richmond said 'Our investment in the CCGS Moytel, a world-class modern hovercraft, is another example of our Government's commitment to ensure the safety of fishermen, recreational boaters, and sailors in around Vancouver Harbour'.
Moytel is a versatile amphibious vehicle which will be used to patrol inland waters, having been fitted with a bow ramp, this will aid the transportation of rescue equipment and vehicles.
Many Coast Guard authorities around the World operate Griffon Hoverwork craft, as their unique capabilities enable Coast Guard crew to perform their role far better than a conventional craft. A hovercraft will patrol inland and shallow water areas around coastlines that are impossible to reach by conventional boat.
Each craft is designed and fitted with equipment specific to the climate and terrain of the country in which it will be operating, including air conditioning and heating systems, whether it is a sub-zero climate or +30°c. Comfortable interiors with accommodation and a mess area can also be included.