9 March 2017
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new project to design an 85m steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited. The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine.
The vessel will replace Pentalina that has been operating on the route from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands since 2008. The new vessel has a significantly increased capacity compared to Pentalina and will be capable of transferring up to 98 cars or a combination of cars and trucks together with 430 passengers from Gills Bay on the mainland to St. Margaret’s Hope on the Orkney Islands. The crossing takes approximately one hour, sailing through Pentland Firth and into the Orkney Archipelago. This is the shortest and quickest sea route to Orkney with a vehicle.
The vessel totals 84.5m in length, powered by four YANMAR 6EY17W engines. The ferry will travel at a service speed of 16 knots. She has space to accommodate 50,000 litres of fuel plus an extra 50,000 litres in a long-range fuel tank. This will allow the vessel to sail under her own power from Strategic Marine in Vietnam to the Orkney Islands, a trip of some 5,481n.m.
BMT Nigel Gee’s Technical Director, Ed Dudson, comments: “We are extremely pleased to win this design contract with Strategic Marine for Pentland Ferries. We look forward to seeing this vessel in service in the summer of 2018.”
2 February 2021
BMT’s Phil Thompson will talk about our winning solution to the ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme challenge. The webinar hosted by the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) will take place on 16th February at 10:30 (GMT).
20 January 2021
BMT’s latest passenger ferry, designed for Kitsap Transit in the United States, has successfully completed sea trials and is ready to start operation in the next few weeks. The ENETAI out-performed design requirements during vessel trials, delivering to Kitsap Transit; a lighter, faster, and smoother riding vessel.
11 January 2021
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has awarded a contract to BMT to provide consultancy services for the concept design of a new passenger ferry for the Gourock, Dunoon and Kilcreggan routes. The new ferry will be designed to replace the vessels currently operated on the routes by CalMac.
6 January 2021
We are pleased to announce that Maritime UK has confirmed the appointment of Sarah Kenny OBE as its new Chair, effective this month.