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Old 29 September 2013, 20:26   #21
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I think the solution is in proven maintenance -which my all my LGV vehicles have to go through and be 100% auditable. This is not cheap but is the price to pay for operating any vehicles - or boat - as I'm sure the trade members will agree is vital.
Surely as a 30 seat PSV, it'd have to have a maintenance plan and operators licence in place anyway?
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Old 30 September 2013, 05:01   #22
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The slight difference is no-one's using a lancaster as a tourist flight...
No but it could fall out of the sky & cause carnage, regardless of who is on board.
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Apparently the London lot had completely rebuilt their fleet between 2002 and 2012, many had new hulls, engines, electrics, etc.
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looks like they are suspended now from ops
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Old 28 October 2013, 11:45   #25
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Seems pretty clear to me, make it a RIB, there are a few guys on here that could make an inflatable collar. Addresses buoyancy and stability and can also be used to push the competition out of the way.
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Ooops give it a year or two before an incident. I saw a program on sky the other night on amphibian vehicles, it showed one of these ducks, even stated they are not water tight, the only thing stopping it sinking is a massive bilge pump, so if that fails it sinks. They were developed in a hurry for the war. Perhaps they should be banned, hardly good track record.
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@boristhebold - are you sure it was these DUCKs? The DUCW was developed in WWII and has been the subject of a recent MAIB investigation into 3 incidents - they had no inherent buoyancy and so have had foam buoyancy added. Some had insufficient added, others had issues with lack of space for foam which resulted in the recent fire on the thames.

As a result the MCA has prevented all DUCW's from commercial operation until someone finds a technical solution.

These look a little different in design and look pretty much brand new - I think they are a newer version that presumably has some inherent buoyancy that doesn't rub on the prop shaft.
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