Type 12000TD hovercraft will be delivered to Japan (Source: Griffin Hoverwork)

Griffin Hoverwork wins order from Japan

British hovercraft builder Griffon Hoverwork has won an order worth over 25 million pounds (US$33.4 million) to supply three of its type 12000TD hovercraft to Japan.

The deal with the Oita Prefecture government will see the hovercraft operating passenger ferry service connecting Oita Airport in Kunisaki with Oita City, improving access and reintroducing a ferry route last used about 10 years ago.

Work on the first hovercraft will start at the end of January 2022, with the final craft set to be delivered to the customer before January 2024.

The 23.7m-long craft will carry approximately 80 people with a payload of 12 tonnes and top speed of 45 knots.

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