BMT designs for new passenger and cargo vessels have been revealed for the first time.

BMT-designed vessel

BMT has released designs for new passenger and cargo vessels. Photo: BMT

The vessels for Isles of Scilly Steamship Group (ISSG) include a 72m passenger ferry and a 45m dedicated cargo ship.

Sylvain Julien, director of naval architecture at BMT, said: “BMT is committed to leading the way in designing vessels that reduce the environmental footprint, and we welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with ISSG and the island community to work towards enhanced operations and increased sustainability by leveraging our deep understanding of advanced ferry designs.”

More capacity

The passenger ferry will carry 600 passengers over three decks. It will be capable of a speed of 18 knots, reducing journey time by 20%. It features anti-roll fins to improve the stability of the crossing; increased cargo capacity with the ability to carry chilled and frozen goods; improved access for passengers with reduced mobility; and a hybrid propulsion system to reduce emissions.

The 45m dedicated cargo ship to replace the Gry Maritha will have an increased cargo capacity, including more space for chilled and frozen goods; a crane which can lift eight tonnes; and a comfortable lounge for up to 12 passengers.

The new inter-island launch will be capable of 12 knots, allowing for significantly faster journey times between St Mary’s and the off-islands. It will have a 50% increase in cargo capacity and a reduced fuel consumption of 55%.

The next step will be entering discussions with shipyards on potential build programmes. International shipbroker Blair Reid, which specialises in the sale and procurement of new ferries, is currently in contact with 32 shipyards across the UK, Europe and the Far East to acquire Expressions of Interest and to identify potential build slots and build cost.

ISSG is currently working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly and Government on financing options.

By Rebecca Jeffrey