These four images show the launch today of the new HoverTrans HOVERBARGE built at Ferguson Shipbuilders yard at Port Glasgow. The launch procedure was interesting. Two heavy recovery lorries were securely anchored in the yard, and the hoverbarge made fast to them.
The barge's lift fans were then run up, and the barge slowly lifted until it was hovering. The winches on the two lorries then paid out their cables, allowing the barge to slip down the ways until partially in the water, at which point the lift fans were stopped and the barge allowed to settle on the slip again.
Lines from Clyde Marine's tug BITER were made fast, and the wires from the two trucks released. The fans aboard the hoverbarge were started again, and with BITER taking the strain, the barge was taken clear of the shipyard ways.