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Hoverwork BHT130

REF NR: 341

The BHT130 hovercraft has a 20 tonne or 131 passengers payload, designed by Hoverwork and fitted out at their St. Helen's works. The first welded aluminium hull (fabricated by Aluminium Ship Builders, Fishbourne, Isle of Wight) arrived at Hoverwork's St. Helen's works in August 2005. The first one, named 'Solent Express', was due to enter service on the Ryde-Southsea route in 2006 - well this didn't happen, the first sight of the craft outside the workshop was February 2007, and at the Ryde Hovercraft terminal March 2007 from where sea trials were conducted. The 70 tonne BHT130 completed trials and received Maritime and Coastguard Agency approval - it entered cross-Solent service on 14th June 2007, 40 years to the day after the launch of the SR-N1 at Saunders Roe Cowes.


Craft: BHT 130, BHT 150, BHT 160, BHT 180