3 July 2018
BMT has announced the launch of a striking new hybrid ferry design which could pave the way for a cleaner, more cost-efficient energy option for ferry operators. At 31m, the 149-passenger ‘Eco Ferry’ has a top speed of 20 knots and offers an unrivalled, intelligent hybrid system delivering smooth, silent and vibration-free power.
John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT explains. “Greener ferry systems have to be the future and we’re extremely excited to be launching this new hybrid design. In our recent case study of an example river commute in New York, the ‘Eco Ferry’ engines are completely off for 63% of the time. That’s a huge saving on fuel consumption and emissions, not to mention engine hours and maintenance.”
BMT has a proud heritage of designing highly efficient catamaran hulls, with ferries operating in New York, Washington, London and Amsterdam, to name just a few. With recent hybrid experience gained in several superyacht projects, BMT has combined this expertise with its proficiency in efficient hull form design to produce this latest green offering.
Working in collaboration with BAE Systems, the Eco Ferry uses the ‘Hybrid-Drive’ system. When the upper end of power is needed, the diesel engines are there to support, keeping the batteries topped up at the same time – all of this happening seamlessly and automatically. The vessel’s 160kWh ESS (energy storage system) can also be further charged whilst alongside and by a solar array on the vessel roof.
Bonafoux adds: “It’s an all-round, nicer experience for passengers. The Eco-ferry glides in and out of dock silently and smoke free, completely under electric power. No longer will there be noise and diesel fumes at the dock as passengers embark and disembark.”
29 September 2021
BMT's 70m LNG ferry Willem Barentsz wins Shippax Technology and Design award 2021. The ferry now operating within the UNESCO World Heritage Site (The Wadden Sea) for Rederij Doeksen.
4 August 2021
BMT will deliver its first REMBRANDT® DNV Class A, B and C Full Mission Bridge Simulator at a Maritime Academy in Sabah, following a successful roll out of the technology to numerous academies across the Indonesian market.
26 July 2021
Ahead of Maenhout’s retirement, and as part of BMT’s global efforts to ensure the continuation of excellent business services being delivered by its offices in Belgium, four experienced consultants have been hired over the past three years.
18 June 2021
In addition to practical knowledge and gained experience, we are committed to continued education. This has resulted in, amongst others, a number of our experts from our offices in the Netherlands and Belgium being (once again) recognised and registered with the United Register of Appraisers (VRT).