BMT introduces full electric ferry design at International WorkBoat Show 2023

29 November 2023

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BMT, a renowned leader in maritime design, unveils its new 140ft (42m) 100% electric EF-500 passenger ferry design at the prestigious ‘International WorkBoat Show’ in New Orleans. In response to the industry's increasing demand for low and zero emission vessels, BMT's latest design marks a significant addition to its diverse vessel portfolio and extensive range of innovative designs.

The unveiling of the all-electric ferry design at the International WorkBoat Show demonstrates BMT's commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions for the decarbonising of maritime transportation in North America. Featuring a 500-passenger and 4-crew capacity, this zero-emission vessel is tailored to meet the rising demand for hybrid or all-electric ferry options in the region.

Visitors at Booth 1409 will have the opportunity to explore a 3D scaled model of this vessel and engage with BMT's Principal Naval Architect, James Calver, along with a team of industry experts. They will be available to discuss the optimised design and answer technical inquiries about this innovation.

Brian Moeller, Naval Architect and Technical Sales Manager for BMT in North America, expressed enthusiasm about the launch, stating,

"We're thrilled to introduce our latest and most advanced all-electric ferry design, showcasing our commitment to offering competitive and environmentally friendly transport solutions across multiple sectors. This design aligns with our dedication to achieving net-zero targets and fostering sustainable maritime transportation."

The newly unveiled all-electric ferry boasts a low wake hull, featuring a simple, easily constructible design with a lightweight and durable aluminium structure. Its impressive capabilities include a range of 1 hour at 18 knots or 40 minutes at a top speed of 20 knots, making it an efficient choice for higher passenger capacity along coastal and restricted service routes.

BMT, known for its collaboration with industry-leading shipyards globally, emphasises its team's expertise in hybrid ship design, especially in future and alternative fuels. The company aims to set a significant milestone in achieving net-zero emissions, addressing air pollution, congestion, and noise pollution on a global scale.

Having a remarkable track record in future and alternative fuel designs, BMT's expertise is highlighted by the successful delivery of over 300 vessels operating worldwide. The company's commitment to superior seakeeping across various and extreme weather conditions underscores its capability in designing highly optimised vessels.

Lee Hedd, Regional Sales Director for BMT in North America, adds,

“BMT has a rich history of consulting to understand industry’s most complex engineering and design challenges, and delivering leading solutions to address those challenges. We have a great team committed to affecting positive change with the work we do, so it’s great to see the result of that hard work come to fruition with this electric ferry design.”

As an independent design specialist, BMT provides specialist vessel design services to shipyards, vessel owners, and operators worldwide. Its dedicated team of naval architects, engineers, 3D modellers, and project managers utilises state-of-the-art software to ensure the highest quality engineering output.

With an unrivalled reputation for designing vessels that prioritise fuel efficiency and emission reduction, BMT's many decades of innovations paves the way for a sustainable maritime future.


This year, BMT will showcase a 3D scaled model of the cutting-edge 140ft all-electric ferry at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans from November 29 to December 1, 2023. Visit us at Booth #1409 to discuss our innovative zero-emission ferry design and explore our exciting range of workboats with our team of maritime design experts.

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