Collecting sediment cores during a hovercraft survey

Hovercraft Key Facts

Readily-deployed sampling vessel, launchable at all states of the tide

Amphibious capabilities allow safe working in otherwise difficult locations

Ideally suited for extensive intertidal mudflats and sandbanks

Minimal ground pressure and negligible wash generation avoid disturbance of sensitive areas

Payload up to 300 kg or driver and 2 additional personnel plus samples/equipment

Rapid transit times allow rapid sampling

Range of proven sampling and survey methodologies

Efficient operation in coastal, estuary, harbour, river, and lake environments

On-board GPS for accurate location of sampling points

Coverage of the whole of the UK

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