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||The Duck Project|
The brian child of Andrew Reyland, Clive Brown and Steve Beacham, The Duck Project is a prototype of a novel form of RIB which is currently in build,and which has an unusual operating profile. The vessels are required to act as a form of submersible in that they will be able to operate normally on the surface, be capable of submerging to around 1 – 1.5m, and also submerging completely.
The primary use of this form of vessel is for carrying maintenance workers and their equipment to undertake underwater repairs and routine maintenance of underwater structures, such as oil rigs, production platforms, bridge supporting structures underwater surveying of docks & the leisure side, Sea Safaris etc.
The vessels will have a variety of roles,
but their basic primarily operating profile
having been launched from a surface maintenance
vessel will be to travel fast on the surface
to near the designated working area, and
then completely submerge to operating depth
using electric motors for propulsion and
manoeuvring. They will if necessary also
be capable of submerging in calm water leave
crew heads above the surface but still running
on the snorkel equipped main engine.
In operation the crew will all be wearing SCUBA or re-breather type breathing kits, and will also be carrying the necessary tools and equipment necessary for the task in hand. All crew will be trained as helmsmen, and will be able to carry out any function in the use of the vessels at all stages of its operational profile.
There will be four versions a 2/4/6 & 11 man a craft; for more details on the ongoing development, prices and models call 07955 211 834 (Andrew).