Hoverbarge Range
Hoverbarge sizes and payloads

What is a Hoverbarge?

A Hoverbarge is a standard marine barge with an air cushion system which enables it to hover.  This means, when off hover the Hoverbarge will float like a standard marine barge.  The Hoverbarge is constructed from steel and uses industrial diesel engines, ensuring it is simple and easy to maintain in the field. The Hoverbarge can be designed to meet local sea state conditions.

The Hoverbarge has been developed over nearly 40 years and is proven technology.  Hovertrans Solutions has managers that have been in the Hoverbarge industry since the beginning, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience unavailable elsewhere.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your particular requirements.

Hoverbarge Advantages


The Hoverbarge will float like a standard marine barge whilst off hover.  On hover the Hoverbarge can traverse sandbars, shallow water, deep water, ice, ice rubble/chunks and land, enabling loading and offloading on land via ramps.  The Hoverbarge is fully amphibious enabling it to operate during any season, at any water depth and without the need to build roads or dredge rivers.

Minimal Environmental Footprint

The Hoverbarge only exerts 1psi ground pressure when on hover, compared to a human footprint of 8 psi, enabling the Hoverbarge to have minimal impact on the terrain it travels over.

Large Flat top deck

The Hoverbarge has a large cargo deck, clear of any equipment. Along with it being a flat top (rather than in a well deck) the Hoverbarge provides huge flexibility in the type of operations it can be deployed on.


The first modular Hoverbarge was designed by the CTO of Hovertrans Solutions back in the 1970s.  The modular Hoverbarge enables easy shipping as the units are designed to be container size, enabling cost effective sea transport and easy land transport too.  This also enables easy transportation for the Hoverbarges to be used on future projects.

Skirt System

The segmented skirt system provides added redundancy, because if a segment is damaged the one either side balloons out to fill the gap, minimising any air loss. Replacement of damaged skirts can be repaired on site and does not require any special skills or tools.  High speed Hovercraft have a loop section air bag, which if damaged causes high levels of air loss and will most likely result in a non functioning hovercraft.

For added protection against damage to the skirt, a special Hovertrans Solutions patented wear pad is used, consisting of a chainmail sheet impregnated into the rubber.  Such a system is not possible on high speed Hovercraft due to the extra weight.

Lift Fan Engine Enclosures

Engine enclosures are designed to ensure the engine, fuel tank and lift fans are protected from the weather.  The housing also reduces sound levels.


The Hoverbarge is simple to operate.  Engines which are used on the Hoverbarge for the lift fans are standard diesel engines, such as Caterpillar or MAN, chosen for reliability and availability of spare parts.

Hoverbarge Range

The Hoverbarge payload can range from 50 tonnes to 2,500 tonnes. The larger the Hoverbarge, the greater the payload it can carry.  Example sizes at both ends of the scale:

90 tonne payload Hoverbarge = 34m x 17m

2,500 tonne payload Hoverbarge = 177m x 75m

In addition to the available Hoverbarges advertised on our charter page, new Hoverbarges can be built to order.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.