Maritime & Marine

Griffon Hoverwork secure cross-the-pond contract to help Canadian Coast Guard update their fleet

Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay out on an exercise.

By Daniel Face [email protected]

Published: February 13, 2024 | Updated: 13th February 2024

The Canadian Coast Guard have called on Southampton’s Griffon Hoverwork to help update their current air cushion vehicle (ACV) design.

Griffon Hoverwork logoWith a fleet of four ACVs, the coastguard performs search and rescue, icebreaking and marine navigation missions throughout the central and western regions of Canada.

But the aluminium build of most ACVs coupled with the demanding work of icebreaking means these vehicles must typically be replaced relatively often.

The team at Griffon are hoping to extend that in-service life expectancy, as well as conduct feasibility studies into alternative power plant options for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Mark DownerMark Downer, engineering director, said: “Griffon’s experience in ACVs is extensive, with a track record of our products operating in more than 45 countries and a pedigree stretching back seven decades.

“Over that time we’ve continually evolved our hovercraft, both in terms of upgrading existing models and introducing new designs.

“We’ve also been working on alternative energy systems since 2014 when we designed a new electric drive system.

“Subsequently we’ve integrated similar systems into a number of other marine vessel designs and collaborated with leaders in the supply of zero emissions technology to develop 100 per cent battery power and hydrogen powered vessels.

Canadian Coast Guard logo“We’re delighted to be able to bring this expertise and experience to the next exciting phase of ACV operations for the Canadian Coast Guard.”

The contract is set to begin with a study to determine the most suitable future fuel for the coastguard’s next generation of ACVs – keeping in line with the International Maritime Organisation’s net zero standards for 2050.

Griffon will then assess the impact this has on the performance, structure and systems of the craft in both the short and long term, helping to determine the direction of further design iterations.

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