Last week saw delegates from 58 countries around the world and 8 international organisations come together in Tokyo for the second Coast Guard Global Summit between the 20th and 21st November. The summit was organised by the Japan Coast Guard in conjunction with the Nippon Foundation who have been working closely with other regional operators.
Griffon Hoverwork is pleased to have been announced as the winner of a 6 ½ year Ministry of Defence contract to support watercraft used by the Royal Marines.
The MOD's Boats In-Service Support contract covers support for more than 2,200 craft in 110 different classes, within which Griffon has been contracted to support all boats based at Royal Marines Tamar in Devonport.
The UK's biggest defence and security exhibition DSEI is returning this year at the Excel Arena in London. DSEI is estimated to attract over 35,000 visitors from across the world between September 10 to 13 and Griffon Hoverwork will be exhibiting at stand S10-246 providing insight to the cutting edge of hovercraft and marine technology currently available.
On Wednesday 26 June Griffon Hoverwork joined with other key hovercraft organisations, past and present, at The Hovercraft Museum in an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SRN4 "The Princess Anne" currently held there. Accompanied by our sister company Hovertravel, operate a fleet of 12000TDs between Southsea and the Isle of Wight, HRH Princess Anne attended in person to visit the iconic hovercraft named after her and show her support to the industry's enduring legacy and future.
The scale and intensity at which marine ecosystems continue to be destroyed by human activity is creating an increasing urgency to act in the interests of the natural world. Direct, physical confrontation where marine life are injured by boating collisions can devastate populations whilst habitats can be washed away as through busy shipping lanes eroding the shoreline.
Auckland, New Zealand. On Tuesday afternoon 30th April 2019, a member of the public on the shore of French Bay came across an alarming scene. He spotted a kayak, capsized, floating in the water without its owner. Thinking quickly and taking the most responsible course of action he called the emergency services.
With operations conducted in every corner of the globe, from the frozen extremities of Alaska to North Western Australia's Bonaparte Basin, the oil and gas industry exists in every habitat known to man. Extracting natural resources in today's world is inextricably linked with operating from environments that have little to no infrastructure, isolating the personnel and equipment conducting the crucial tasks that allow business to succeed.
Taking place between March 27th - 29th the biennial event Inmex is the largest maritime exhibition in Vietnam and one of the most prominent in South East Asia. We will be attending the event in Ho Chi Minh City to demonstrate and talk to attendees about how hovercraft bring safety and security to the most inaccessible locations.
In providing an experience to passengers that is as positive and enjoyable as possible, our start point has been to ensure that the design of the 12000TD accounted for the comfort and inclusivity for all persons of any ability on board. One of the toughest parts of a journey for passengers is often the embarkation where in older craft, getting on board across an elevated, cold, wet side deck and through a bulkhead door to the seating arrangement can be awkward, solitary and sometimes intimidating.
As you move towards the heart of disaster zones to provide humanitarian aid, the risk to human lives inevitably increases commensurately with the complexity of organising the logistics to respond with life support in often devastated area.
Ensuring the safety of citizens and protecting the interests of a sovereign nation is essential role for a state. This can all too easily mean traversing dangerous, often hard to reach terrain with the necessary resources or suffer from limitations in effective reach.
In the South Western region Putumayo in Columbia the epicentre of the nation's war on drugs can be found..
Every year search and rescue (SAR) organisations respond to thousands of emergency calls. Nowhere are the dangers posed by mother nature more apparent than when around water. 44% of the world's population live within 150kms of the coast bringing people into inevitable conflict with the elements. Statistics provided by the World Health Organisation show that 372,000 people die every year from drowning, killing more children under 15 than HIV and Meningitis. For all involved rescue on the water is an incredibly dangerous situation where circumstances can change in an instant, putting responders' lives at risk as well as those already in danger. More than anything, successful rescue operations comes down to the brave actions of individuals who put themselves at risk to save others. Through disciplined, expert preparation and cooperation the chances of success increase. When those rescuers can use specialised equipment where they need it at the time it is needed the chances of success increase dramatically.
We will be staging the official global launch of the new 995ED model taking place at Latin America's premier naval and maritime exhibition Exponaval in Valparaiso, Chile running from December 4-7. We strive to keep ourselves at the cutting edge of amphibious operations and Exponaval provides a perfect setting to show why Griffon lead the world in hovercraft use and manufacture.
Griffon will be exhibiting at EXPONAVAL 2018, the 11th Chilean International Naval and Maritime Exhibition. We will be part of the UK pavilion, jointly managed by the Defence and Security Organisation within the Department for International Trade and the Society of Maritime Industries.
The event runs from 4 to 7 December 2018 at Base Aeronaval Concon, Valparaiso in Chile. Read More.
Griffon are one of eight companies taking part in the Society of Maritime Industries showcase stand on the UK pavilion at SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, Germany. With over 2,200 exhibitors SMM is one of the most important events in the maritime industry calendar.
The event runs from 4-7 September 2018 and is held at the Hamburg Messe.
Find us at B1.OG stand 507
Would you like to join Griffon Hoverwork? We have a fantastic opportunity to join Griffon Hoverwork as a Senior Hovercraft Pilot and Instructor.
You will report to the Head of Technical Support and be based at our head office in Woolston, Southampton and periodically at globally dispersed customer locations.
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This week the Griffon 2000TD underwent factory acceptance trials, in preparation of being shipped to Indonesia. The trials were carried out on the Solent with the customer on board and consisted of endurance, drainage, obstacle and speed tests, with the craft exceeding the speed requirements at full payload.
Griffon Hoverwork and Malaysia cement their relationship.
We are delighted to cement a new relationship between Malaysia and Griffon Hoverwork.
In January 2018 signed contracts began the production of the second 995ED which is also the first for the Malaysian Marine Department.Work on this is now well advanced with delivery taking place very soon. Read More.
Griffon Hoverwork Awarded Accreditation to the updated ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard.
We are pleased to announce that Griffon Hoverwork Ltd has recently achieved a successful transition to the internationally recognised BS EN ISO 9001:2015 quality standard, accredited by external body SGS United Kingdom Ltd. Read More.
Griffon Hoverwork succesfully completes Baltic tour.
At the beginning of March Griffon Hoverwork embarked on a Baltic region tour to test the performance, reliability and the capabilities of the new 995ED in extreme weather conditions.
Stara Pasleka in Poland and Vaasa followed by Teijo in Finland were the areas visited by the team. Griffon Hoverwork invited new and existing clients to attend.
Griffon Hoverwork were delighted to welcome Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Royston Smith MP for Southampton Itchen Constituency and officials from the Department for International Trade to their HQ in Southampton.
From the 24th to 27th October 2017 we will be exhibiting at Madex 2017, the International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition in Busa, Korea alongside our Korean partners, Dong Kang M-Tech Co.
We will be exhibiting on stand D209 opposite the UK Pavilion zone, in Hall 1-2, BEXCO Exhibition Center I. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a stand call. Read More
Team Cougar won the first leg of the Cowes Classic Powerboat Festival 2017. Steve Curtis, Richard Carr, James Sinclair and Mark Pascoe comfortably won the first leg from Cowes to Torquay in the Cougar US1-46 in 1 hour 8 minutes, setting a new course record of 97.68 mph. Read More.
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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
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
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 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.