It’s been an interesting week for commercial hovercraft in the UK!
With clarification from the MCA that hovercraft working on inland waterways and lakes are not required to be coded, the door is now open for hovercraft to be supplied into numerous commercial operations such as weed spraying, survey, bird counts, waters sampling a dozens of other uses. Whilst there are still safety requirements, there’s many less obstructions in the way of inland commercial operations now!
“In order to carry out detailed survey measurements of the river wall, flying fish’s hovercraft was invaluable in manoeuvring the surveyors and equipment across the creek and silt, within the limited timeframes between high tides. Chris Edge, Director, Glanville Consultants” Video of the job can be found HERE
The Marlin II and Coastal-Pro represent the ideal small hovercraft for inland operations. Featuring just one engine means they are very simple to drive, economical and very reliable. Their relatively low noise levels mean little disturbance is caused. Best of all, prices are from just £8,500.00%20VAT and we have craft in stock for immediate delivery.
Meanwhile, our ongoing proposal and negotiations with the MCA over coding for small hovercraft have also started to gather momentum, with a meeting planned in the near future to find a way forward on the basis of an ‘Industry Voluntary Code of Conduct (IVCC.) This is a hugely exciting prospect for us, as we receive enquires every day for craft to operate in a commercial role on estuaries, mudflats and intertidal areas. Currently, it’s not viable for hovercraft to comply with the requirements of the Small Workboat Code, so these come to nothing – going into next year, we’re confident that the MCA will have found a way to operate small hovercraft in a commercial role without any compromise in safety standards.
We’ll aim to keep you up to date with the changes in legislation as they happen.
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