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BMT Nigel Gee Secures Contract to Design New LNG-Powered Ferries

BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a naval architecture and marine engineering design consultant, has announced a new project to design two large LNG-powered catamaran ferries. BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design.

Both vessels, which will be built by Triyard Holdings subsidiary, Strategic Marine in Vung Tau, Vietnam, will serve the Friesland Islands connecting Harlingen, Terschelling and Vlieland in the Netherlands and enter service in April 2018.

The vessels will be fueled solely by clean-burning LNG, with both main engines and generators running off the LNG supply. The vessels will offer significantly lower emissions than conventional steel and diesel powered vessels.

With the capacity to accommodate over 60 cars and 600 passengers, the vessels will be designed to interface with existing port facilities, boast wind generators and solar panels to reinforce its environmentally friendly credentials.