As wind energy developers continue to develop new locations, there are many instances where site access is particularly difficult because of swampy conditions, or the location is in a tidal zone, or is otherwise difficult for more conventional access. To make access to these sites possible, Hovertrans Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has a vessel called a hoverbarge.
The hoverbarge is a standard marine barge (which means that it will float even if it is not powered) which is further equipped with fans and skirts to perform as a hovercraft. The hoverbarge is self-propelled, and has a cargo capacity of up to 50 tonnes and an overall deck area of 24 meters by 7 meters (approximately 78.75 feet by 23 feet). The modular construction of the hoverbarge makes it possible to dismantle the vessel and ship it to remote locations, and then be re-assembled for operation.
The hoverbarge produces very little ground pressure, making it useful for construction with minimal adverse impact on a site. Barge based construction can eliminate the need to construct long roads and work pads for heavy equipment in areas with difficult ground conditions.
via: NA Windpower
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