The Princess Margaret on her last voyage to Calais

What happened to passenger hovercraft?

What happened to passenger hovercraft?

By Justin Parkinson
BBC News Magazine

It’s 60 years since the British inventor Christopher Cockerell demonstrated the principles of the hovercraft using a cat food tin and a vacuum cleaner. Great things were promised for this mode of transport, but it never really caught on. Why?

The hovercraft slides down a concrete ramp and into the Solent. Its engines, propellers and fans hum as it crosses from Southsea, in Hampshire, to Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, travelling 4.4 nautical miles in under 10 minutes.

The journey is more than twice as quick as the catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde and more than four times as quick as the Portsmouth-to-Fishbourne ferry.

Hovercraft cross the sand to arrive on the concrete landing pad near the centre of Ryde, the Isle of Wight’s largest town. This amphibious mode of transport, with its rapid disembarkation – not needing the building of a pier or port – was seen as the future once. But the Solent is now thought to be the only place in western Europe where a full passenger service operates.

The cross-Channel service from Dover to Calais closed in 2000. The two vessels, the Princess Anne and the Princess Margaret, could carry only 52 cars. Larger ferries and cheaper-to-power catamarans, as well as the Channel Tunnel, proved too much competition. Routes in Japan and Sierra Leone have also since ceased.

 

The Princess Margaret on her last voyage to Calais

The Princess Margaret on her last voyage to Calais

“The problem militating against expansion has always been the noise for residents, who have to hear the hovercraft all day, 365 days a year,” says Warwick Jacobs, who runs the Hovercraft Museum, at Gosport, Hampshire. “The sound can travel quite a way, depending on the wind speed. We could have had hovercraft running on the Thames, for instance, but they’d have been too noisy.”

Recent models are quieter than their predecessors because of more efficient engines, while plans are in place to build electric-powered hovercraft, which will reduce the decibel count even further, Jacobs says.

The Princess Margaret did make it down the Thames in 1979 but it was too noisy for regular usage

The Princess Margaret did make it down the Thames in 1979 but it was too noisy for regular usage

The Hovertravel service between Southsea and Ryde survives because hovercraft are best suited to short routes like those across the Solent, says Robin Paine, co-author of On a Cushion of Air, a history of hovercraft. “There is also a need because the tide at Ryde goes out half a mile – hence the reason for Ryde Pier to accommodate conventional ferries, whereas the hovercraft can deliver people straight into Ryde.”

It’s 60 years since inventor Christopher Cockerell demonstrated the principle of hovercraft travel – discussed in abstract terms since the 18th Century – in an eccentrically British way. He experimented with vacuum cleaner tubes and empty cat food and coffee tins, finding that when placing a small can inside a larger one and blowing air through the smaller can, it hovered above the bottom surface of the larger object. A working prototype was ready by 1955, which Cockerell called the “hovercraft”, obtaining a patent in 1956.

More information on BBC News

The boat has a high maneuverability and can be used to supply remote settlements, for passenger and freight transportation, protection of water bodies, as well as a type of official vehicle for law enforcement structures.

Sir Christopher Cockerell

  • Born the son of a museum curator in 1910, he studied engineering at Cambridge
  • He helped make the first radio direction finder, used by British bombers during World War Two
  • Cockerell also worked with the team at Marconi that developed radar
  • He was knighted in 1969 and died in 1999

A cushion of air is created by a large fan underneath. A “skirt” surrounding the craft prevents too much air from escaping. Because the craft is moving through air rather than water, it can go faster than a conventional boat of similar power. It can also travel over land and sea.

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The Passenger Hovercraft Mars-10 series is designed for comfortable operation over water, overgrown shallow water, sand banks, snow and any other relatively flat surface, including loose snow, along rivers during ice drift and freeze-up.

The main advantage of Passenger Hovercraft Mars-10 series is a higher level of reliability in comparison with analogues. This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.

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This passenger hovercraft Mars-10/10E is designed for comfortable operation on sea, water, land, snow and ice surfaces, shoals and shallow water.

The main advantage of passenger hovercraft Mars-10/10E is a higher level of reliability in comparison with analogues. This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.

The modification of Mars series hovercraft

Mars-10 is passenger version for Russia.

Mars-10E is passenger version for Export ( outside Russia).

Mars-10 is passenger hovercraft for Russia.

Application

Passenger hovercraft
Rescue Hovercraft
Military Hovercraft
Patrol Hovercraft
Tourist Hovercraft
Commercial Hovercraft
Medical Hovercraft
Oil spill Hovercraft
Logistic Hovercraft
Private hovercraft

Specification

The hovercraft Mars-10/10E has a high maneuverability and can be used to supply remote settlements, for passenger and freight transportation,

protection of water bodies, search and rescue as well as a type of official vehicle for law enforcement structures.

Passenger hovercraft Mars-10/10E

Hovercraft type: Skeg scheme of flexible fencing
Operation area: sea, water, land, snow and ice surfaces, shoals and shallow water.
Overall length: 8,0 m
Overall width: 3,6 m
Transportation width: 2,4 m
Overall heigh: 3,3 m
Transportation height: 2,02 m
Passenger capacity including a navigator: 10 people
Travel range: 750 km
Max speed:
On the water: 75 km/h
On the snow/ice: 90 km/h
On grass / sand: 55 km/h
Engine:
Brand/model IVECO F1C diesel engine (146 h.p.; 197 h.p. )

Main Advantages

Passenger hovercraft Mars-10/10E

high speed;
range of up to 750 km;
metal screw in the basic configuration with the anti-icing system (Crushing Complex) due to electric heating;
the availability of removable protection of flexible fencing as standard (removable soles);
optimal placement of the craft gravity center in comparison with analogues (the center of gravity of ACC of other brands is shifted in the stern);
horizontal steering wheels as standard;
availability of a closed cabin and a high degree of the engine accessibility to perform service work;
two-cylinder flexible fence scheme as standard;
belt protection system eliminating runout, vibration and providing a smooth start (overrunning clutches, flexible clutches) passenger capacity of the boat is up to 10 passengers including the navigator;
metal case provides durability, and the lightweight case made of fiberglass provides good thermal and noise insulation;
availability of two “gull-wing” doors along the sides of the craft;
craft dimensions allow its transportation on a trailer by public roads without the traffic police approval;
modern design;
availability of a maintenance service and training program for navigators.

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Project Mars-25/25E/25EM/25EMS/25ELG/25EG  is the next generation of the well-known project Hovercraft Mars-2000/2000E.

The Hovercraft Mars-25/25E is designed for comfortable operation on water, land, snow and ice surfaces, shoals and shallow water.

The craft can be operated at high temperatures, low temperatures and in difficult weather conditions.

The main advantage of this craft is a higher level of reliability in comparison with analogues. This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.

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Hovercraft Mars-25/25E with 25 passengers capacity

  1. Passenger hovercraft
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  3. Military Hovercraft
  4. Patrol Hovercraft
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  6. Commercial Hovercraft
  7. Medical Hovercraft
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  10. Taxi Hovercraft
  11. Bus Hovercraft

    SPECIFICATION

    The hovercraft Mars-25/25E has a high maneuverability and can be used to supply remote settlements, for passenger and freight transportation, protection of water bodies, search and rescue as well as a type of official vehicle for law enforcement structures.

    Hovercraft Mars-25/25E

    Hovercraft type: Skeg scheme of flexible fencing
    Classification Society: RMRS or LR
    Overall length, m: 14,03
    Overall width, m: 7
    Overall height, m: 4,8
    Passenger capacity: 25 passengers/seats
    Navigator capacity: 2 seats
    Doors one door with width: 700 mm
    Empty displacement, kg: 2850
    Full load displacement, kg: 4700
    Max speed:
    on water, knots: 35
    snow/ice, knots: 48
    grass/sand, knots: 28
    ENGINE, pcs: 2
    TypeIVECO F1C diesel
    Power H.P.: 197
    Capacity of the main fuel tank, l.: 530
    Fuel type: Diesel
    Travel range, nm: Standard up to 270 with fuel tank 530 l
    Max wave height, m: Up to 1.5
    Max wind , m/s: Up to 15

    MAIN ADVANTAGES

    Hovercraft Mars-25/25E

    • high speed;
    • range of up to 500 km;
    • metal screw in the basic configuration with the anti-icing system (Crushing Complex) due to electric heating;
    • the availability of removable protection of flexible fencing as standard (removable soles);
    • optimal placement of the craft gravity center in comparison with analogues (the center of gravity of ACC of other brands is shifted in the stern);
    • horizontal steering wheels as standard;
    • availability of a closed cabin and a high degree of the engine accessibility to perform service work;
    • two-cylinder flexible fence scheme as standard;
    • belt protection system eliminating runout, vibration and providing a smooth start (overrunning clutches, flexible clutches) passenger capacity of the boat is up to 25 passengers including the navigator;
    • metal case provides durability, and the lightweight case made of fiberglass provides good thermal and noise insulation;
    • availability of two “gull-wing” doors along the sides of the craft;
      craft dimensions allow its transportation on a trailer by public roads without the traffic police approval;
    • modern design;
    • availability of a maintenance service and training program for navigators.

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HOVERCRAFT MARS-700/700E

The hovercraft Mars-700/700E has a high maneuverability and can be used to supply remote settlements, for passenger and freight transportation, protection of water bodies, search and rescue as well as a type of official vehicle for law enforcement structures.

The boat is distinguished by good maneuverability and ability to on water, land, snow and ice surfaces, shoals and shallow water.

APPLICATION

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    SPECIFICATION

    The hovercraft Mars-700/700E has a high maneuverability and can be used to supply remote settlements, for passenger and freight transportation, protection of water bodies, search and rescue as well as a type of official vehicle for law enforcement structures.

    The hovercraft Mars-700/700E are operated by such law-enforcement structures as the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the border troops of the Federal Security Service of Russia.

    Hovercraft Mars-700/700E

    Hovercraft type: Skeg scheme of flexible fencing
    Operation area: Sea, Inland waterways and lakes, Ice and Snow
    Overall length: 7,84 m
    Overall width: 3,72 m
    Overall heigh with mast: 3,36 m
    Overall heigh: 4,8 m
    Full displacement: 2400 kg
    Passenger capacity: 6-8 passengers/seats
    Travel range: 500 km
    Max speed:
    On the calm water with the wind up to 1 m/s: No less than 60 km/h
    Operation speed: 50 km/h
    Engine:
    Brand/model  IVECO F1C diesel engine (146 h.p.)

    MAIN ADVANTAGES

    Hovercraft Mars-700/700E

    • range – 500 km;
    • metal screw and CC with anti-icing system as standard;
      metal case provides durability, and a light cabin made of fiberglass provides good heat and sound insulation;
    • high maintainability and ease of maintenance;
    • low noise level;
    • optimal placement of the craft gravity center in comparison with analogues;
    • horizontal steering wheels as standard;
    • availability of a closed hood and a high degree of engine accessibility to perform maintenance work;
    • belt protection system eliminating beating, vibration and providing a smooth start;
    • availability of a proprietary maintenance and navigatorsʹ training service;
      low spatter formation during maneuvering and movement;
      autonomous heating during parking;
    • all year-round period of operation.

    More information on Hovercraft Mars-700/700E

The modification of Mars series hovercraft

Mars-700 is civil version for Russia.

Mars-700E is civil version for Export ( outside Russia).

Mars-700M is special version for Russia.

Mars-700EM is special version for Export ( outside Russia).

The Hovercraft Mars-700/700E are operated by such law-enforcement structures as the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the border troops of the Federal Security Service of Russia.

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The Passenger and Military Hovercraft Mars-2000 series is air cushion craft can be used to transport passengers and goods throughout the year, including during off-season periods.

The main advantage of this craft is a higher level of reliability in comparison with analogues. This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.                            More information on https://mhovercraft.com/hovercraft-mars-2000e-2000/

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PASSENGER HOVERCRAFT MARS-2000/2000E

The hovercraft Mars-2000/2000E is air cushion craft can be used to transport passengers and goods throughout the year on water, land, snow and ice surfaces, shoals and shallow water.

The main advantage of this craft is a higher level of reliability in comparison with analogues. This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.

Application

Passenger hovercraft
Rescue Hovercraft
Military Hovercraft
Patrol Hovercraft
Tourist Hovercraft
Commercial Hovercraft
Medical Hovercraft
Oil spill Hovercraft
Logistic Hovercraft

The modification of Mars series hovercraft

Mars-2000 is passenger version for Russia.

Mars-2000E is passenger version for Export ( outside Russia).

Mars-2000M is military version for Russia.

Mars-2000EM is military version for Export ( outside Russia).

Specification

Hovercraft Mars-2000/2000E

Hovercraft type: Skeg scheme of flexible fencing
Classification Society: RMRS or LR
Overall length, m: 13,04
Overall width, m: 5,06
Overall height, m: 4,25
Cabin dimensions (length, width, height), m: 4,5 / 3,0 / 2,0
Passenger capacity: 20 passengers/seats
Navigator capacity: 2 seats
Doors one door with width: 700 mm
Empty displacement, kg: 2850
Full load displacement, kg: 4700
Max speed:
on water, knots: 35
snow/ice, knots: 48
grass/sand, knots: 28
ENGINE, pcs: 2
TypeIVECO F1C diesel
Power H.P.: 197
Capacity of the main fuel tank, l.: 530
Fuel type: Diesel
Travel range, nm: Standard up to 270 with fuel tank 530 l.
Max wave height, m: Up to 1.5
Max wind , m/s: Up to 15

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This Cargo Hovercraft Mars-25EG has high maneuverability and can be used for logistical support and oil spill operations in energy sector on water, land, snow and ice surfaces, shoals and shallow water.

The Cargo Hovercraft Mars-25EG can be operated at high temperatures, low temperatures and in difficult weather conditions.

The main advantage of Cargo Hovercraft Mars-25EG is a higher level of reliability in comparison with analogues. This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.

Specification

The Cargo Hovercraft Mars-25EG has a high maneuverability and can be used military, protection of water bodies, search and rescue as well as a type of official vehicle for law enforcement structures.

A constructive type – amphibious air hovercraft with flexible fencing, aft arrangement of gas turbine engines with a cargo platform to accommodate passenger and cargo container, all kinds of units (such as the cargo part of the truck crane).

Cargo Hovercraft Mars-25EG
Hovercraft type: Skeg scheme of flexible fencing
Classification Society: RMRS or LR
Overall length, m: 25,04
Overall width, m: 12,7
Overall height, m: 4,25
Dimensions of cargo platform (length, width, height), m: 18,0 x 3,5
Navigator capacity: 2 seats
Max speed in full load, km/h: 100
ENGINE, pcs: 2
Type: IVECO F1C diesel
Power H.P.: 197
Fuel type: Diesel
Travel range, km: 700
Max wave height, m: Up to 1.5
Max wind , m/s: Up to 15

This allows the only among the hovercraft producers, to provide a 2 year guarantee.

Main Advantages

Cargo Hovercraft Mars-25EG
high speed;
range of up to 700 km;
metal screw in the basic configuration with the anti-icing system (Crushing Complex) due to electric heating;
the availability of removable protection of flexible fencing as standard (removable soles);
optimal placement of the craft gravity center in comparison with analogues (the center of gravity of ACC of other brands is shifted in the stern);
horizontal steering wheels as standard;
availability of a closed cabin and a high degree of the engine accessibility to perform service work;
two-cylinder flexible fence scheme as standard;
metal case provides durability, and the lightweight case made of fiberglass provides good thermal and noise insulation;
availability of two “gull-wing” doors along the sides of the craft;
craft dimensions allow its transportation on a trailer by public roads without the traffic police approval;
modern design;
availability of a maintenance service and training program for navigators.

More information on https://mhovercraft.com/products/cargo-hovercrafts/cargo-hovercraft-mars-25eg/

 

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