Coast Guard “SAR” Hovercraft – Mission Ready and Deployed”
These two custom built “multi-task” Hovercraft (ACV’s) , Christened the “SIYAY” and the “SIPU MUIN” are utilized by the Canadian Coast Guard for Emergency Response, Search & Rescue, Navigational Buoy retrieval and deployment, and Icebreaking.
The SIYAY carries out duties on the Frazer River Delta British Columbia, its navigatable tributaries, and the Georgia Straits, while the Sipu Muin conducts these similar operations plus ice breaking during Spring thaw on the St Lawrence River and the Gulf.
Hovercraft Details and Specifications:
Designer: Westland Aerospace
Manufacturer / Builder: Hike Metal Products
Crew / Complement: 4 (3 officers, 1 crew)
Length: 28.5 metres
Width: 12 metres
Height: (on cushion)12 meters
Full load displacement: 69 tons
propulsion: 4 Caterpillar 3416 TTA diesel engines 912 horsepower for lift and propulsion