The paper provides information on a unique vehicle, the amphibiousHoverbarge which can be used for transporting heavy cargo, modules and drillingrigs over Arctic terrain, such as snow, ice and tundra. The paper draws uponexperience of Hoverbarge operations in Alaska back in the 1970s along withrecent technical developments of the Hoverbarge to make it more suitable forArctic operations, including skirt ice protection and selfpropulsion.
The paper also highlights important environmental advantages the Hoverbargecan bring, hovering cargo and equipment above the tundra whilst only exerting1psi ground pressure. In addition the paper explains how the Hoverbarge canmeet current demands to extend operating seasons and transport heavy loads suchas pre fabricated modules without building new infrastructure.
The paper also focuses on the potential of transporting cargo during summermonths when winter roads are not in use and the subsequent advantages that thisbrings.
Although first developed over 35 years ago, the Hoverbarge remainsrelatively unknown to current day engineers. This paper seeks to increaseawareness of this technology which may solve a number of current logisticalissues.
The Hoverbarge is a marine barge which is designed to meet the localoperating conditions and will float safely when off hover. Resilience is built in, being able to operate on 50% of its lift fan capacityon good ground conditions.
The Hoverbarge is fully amphibious enabling it to operate during any season, at any water depth and without the need to build roads or to dredge rivers.