Photo feature: An amazing ride in Hovercraft at Panambur

Photo feature: An amazing ride in Hovercraft at Panambur

Pics: Meryick D'Silva
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (MD)

Mangalore, Feb 18: Journalists in the city had a memorable time early morning on Tuesday February 18, when they were treated to a joy ride in the Hovercraft H-194 by the Coast Guards at Panambur beach.

Commanding officer Sandeep Safaya and crew members welcomed the journos and photojournalists into the Hovercraft and gave instructions prior to the ride. The ride itself was most enjoyable, a rare opportunity to travel in a Hovercraft. The magnificent view of the early morning sea from the Hovercraft was an icing on the cake.

The Hovercraft is spacious and can carry upto 25 passengers. With a top speed of 90 kmph, it has the capacity to cover 30 kilometers in a matter of just 10 minutes.

Hovercraft, also known as an Air-Cushion Vehicle (ACV), is a craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces.

The Hovercraft H-194 arrived at Panambur beach on Friday February 14 and will leave the Mangalore shore on Wednesday February 19. Designed and manufactured by Griffon Hoverwork, Britain, the Hovercraft is 21 metres in length and weighs 31 tonnes. It is equipped with facilities to monitor suspicious activities, neutralize the enemies, conducting thorough inspections, rescuing of smaller boats etc.

People have been flocking to Panambur beach in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the vehicle.


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  • peter, mangalore

    Thu, Feb 20 2014

    Because modi was in Mangalore

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  • Robin Paine, England

    Wed, Feb 19 2014

    There is a 700 page book, with 450 pictures called 'On a Cushion of Air', which tells the story of Christopher Cockerell's discovery that heavy weights could be supported on a cushion of low pressure air, and the development of the hovercraft by those who were there, from the very early days through to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English Channel starting in 1968 carrying 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in excess of 75 knots on a calm day. It was subsequently widened to carry 36 cars and 280 passengers with an A.U.W. of 200 tones and was later lengthened to an A.U.W of 325 tons and capable of carrying 55 cars and 424 passengers. The amazing point was that from 165 tons to 325 tons only 400 extra hp was required, although a bit of speed was sacrificed, proving conclusively that Christopher Cockerell's theory was sound.
    Sadly, for economic reasons, the service came to an end on 1st October 2000. In total 6 SR.4s were built and the two remaining ones are in the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent.

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  • shafiq, bahrain

    Wed, Feb 19 2014

    Top speed 90kmph and 30 km in 10mins ..Wow..i love maths .!!Puts a smile across my face )

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  • Kelvin Castelino, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Feb 19 2014

    Hahahahah! Exactly! Nice calcualtion :P :P

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    Actual or Fake. The proof of the pudding is in the EATING...

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  • mohan poojary, managalore

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    30kms in 10 mins with a max speed of 90kmph...hows that possible ? :)

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    Really great experience to the locals and tourists of Mangalore to see the skill of Hovercraft through the amazing ride in the ship.All the best.Thanq.

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  • prakash, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    Everybody has this and we got it late, I guess. We need choppers now not hovers given the length of our coast line.Any way nice to see the technology brought to managlore

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    I can well understand the ride in a Hovercraft. It must have been a great experience for people who took the opportunity to board this kind of a speed boat.

    My last experience in a hovercraft was when I took a ride between Naples and The Isle of Capri. It is my hope that this kind a speed boat is put in service as a commercial mode of transport.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • V..D..K, Mangalore / Dubai

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    One doubt!!
    Puncture anda...ode konapune?cycle shop?or...feviquick!

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  • anonymous, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 18 2014

    not funny.. its amazing that we have started getting new security upgrades.

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  • Roshan S, Moodbidri, USA

    Wed, Feb 19 2014

    Lol.. true. Panchar aanda Gujirig koroli..latest technology..Need to find out who took the "initiative" to buy these and how much they made from the deal.

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