Air Supported Vessel


In collaboration with Effect Ships International AS, Norway, Tuco has launched a carbon sandwich Air Supported Vessel (ASV) Soft Motion Demonstrator. The unique vessel is 18 x 5,2 m and fitted out with two small Volvo Penta IPS 600 pod drives (2 x 320 kW). With the patented ASV concept the vessel "rides on a cushion of air", reducing wetted surface area and hull/water resistance to a minimum. 

In the video, which you can see at the bottom of this article, the vessel reached a speed of 37,2 knots (prior to any optimization work). Even more remarkable was the fuel consumption:

At a speed of 25 knots, the all inclusive (propulsion and lift fan powering) consumption was only 3,0 liters / NM. Nothing but remarkable! 

Equally impressive at 30 knots speed - only 3,3 liters/ NM. Beat that!

Following in house debugging and documentation tests, starting mid August, the vessel will be presented and demonstrated to the market.

For more information, contact Jonas Pedersen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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