Hovertravel service suspended.

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  1. bignosemac

    bignosemac Established Member

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    The hovercraft service between Southsea and Ryde IOW has been suspended due to safety concerns.

    http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/service-status.php
     
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  3. Lrd

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    Apparently the "propeller" snapped off and the craft became stranded at sea. Wasn't aware hovercraft have propellers.
     
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    Surely they do - but an enclosed aeroplane propellor to generate thrust with airflow, rather than a submerged one to generate thrust with water?
     
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    They most certainly do have propellers! That's what the two large encased round things are at the back, they work in the same way that an aeroplane prop works, powering the craft forwards. As a hovercraft is an aircraft and 'hovers' above the water, this is the only method of propulsion available.

    Anyway, as to the safety issues. The craft concerned was the operation's only 'new' hovercraft, the remainder of the fleet being significantly older. The statement above says that the type of craft involved in the incident on Oct 30th is 'different' to the craft now is use, so presumably it has been grounded since with the older craft continuing in operation. However it's interesting that the decision has now been taken to remove the whole lot from service, which would imply that this may be a fleet-wide maintenance standards issue rather than an inherent defect with the newer craft. Unless of course it concerns a common component shared between both designs, but I would think that unlikely considering the age gap. If that was the case though, I wonder whether other fleets running the older type of craft, of which there are several variants worldwide, are also taking precautions. Hmm, a mystery indeed!
     
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    No big mystery; there are some parts common to the AP1-88 and the BHT130. Drive shafts are pretty much a standard design; the statement reads like they are carrying out precautionary checks on a "just in case" basis which seems sensible to me.

    Take my word for it, the people who run Hovertravel and their associated company Griffon Hoverwork are very knowledgable and experienced and they really do know what they are doing.

    One hopes that this is resolved quickly and services can resume.
     
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    Let's hope so, the hovercraft operation is a gem!
     
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    Looks like a universal joint came off, that's what I'd say.

    One prime example of typical hysterical idiocy in the comments (and naturally, given three thumbs up by the usual "Why won't the tell us the truth?" hysterical fools); "In fact, it is more reason to know exactly what happened. Or do we need to wait for a death before we ask questions?"

    moron.
     
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    Apparently the service resumed yesterday after checks showed their were no maintenance issues with the fleet.
     
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    That's good news :)

    As a slight aside, I'm curious as to the fate of some of Hovertravel's former craft. Before the new one arrived, they had a fleet of three; Freedom 90, Double 'o' Seven and Island Express. There was also for a time another craft, not in fleet livery, named Courier I believe. Two of the previous three in the main fleet are still going, so what has happened to the other pair? There can't be much demand for them second hand surely, although they are an 'off the peg' model to a degree; I guess maybe broken up for spares?

    Any thoughts?! :|
     
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    I think the smallest one, possibly Freedom 90, was withdrawn. Not sure what happened to it. I think it was bought by the company who wanted to run a Hovercraft across the Fourth, but I'm not sure what came of that.
     
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    You could try asking on the Hover-Gen Yahoogroup?

    Freedom 90 was the first 1-88 to be refurbished with more powerful engines making it capable of matching the speed of the SRN-4s wasn't it? I went on it shortly after that refurbishment on a Hovercraft Museum fundraising charter to alum Bay and back.

    At least I think it's that one, from memory.
     
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    yes, two of them were re-engined with MTU engines, I believe. I think they were sol;d for further service in Estonia, or Africa, or somewhere like that.
     
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    Two IOW hovercrafts went to Freetown, Sierra Leone. One apparantly sank, the other is currently mothballed on the beach in Man O War Bay. I believe they were intended to be used for airport shuttles, the airport being located on the other side of the estuary.
    This service is now operated by ex military Russian helicopters.
    If you want to be involved in an air or shipping disaster, visit Africa.

    I have a picture of one of the hovercrafts......


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    Double o seven left the fleet many years ago (probably around 2003/2004).

    I thought that Freedom 90 was still around but not often used in passenger service.
     
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    Wow, that's new.
     
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    Wow indeed, I wouldn't have guessed at that it's fate!
     
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    I think you will find that Freedom 90 is the craft which was first back into service between Southsea and Ryde on Monday...

    Island Express is the other craft currently in service.

    Solent Express is at Woolston for repairs.

    ( Source: the Hover-Gen Yahoogroup tonight )
     
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    So the one that almost sank in foreign parts must be Double 'o' Seven then? 'Courier' didn't carry the proper HT livery I don't think.
     
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    I can't remember which one got a bit wet offhand, but it was recovered and restored to use if I remember rightly.
     
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    Certainly wetter than usual! :o The interesting links posted somewhere above bring up a couple of shots, one of it sitting a*se-down in the sea and one of it looking very sorry sat on the beach, and it's definitely one of the three, as it was still in full HT livery, albeit with different names. So I guess it must've been that one, if the other two are still on the Solent. Newer pics I found show it now refurbished and painted allover canary yellow!
     
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