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BMT launches hybrid Eco Ferry design

Thu 05 Jul 2018 by Rebecca Moore

BMT launches hybrid <i>Eco Ferry</i> design
BMT launches a hybrid ferry concept

BMT has announced the launch of a new hybrid ferry design which offers a cleaner, more cost-efficient energy option for ferry operators.

At 31 m, the 149-passenger Eco Ferry has a top speed of 20 knots and offers an intelligent hybrid system delivering smooth, silent and vibration-free power.

BMT managing director John Bonafoux explained “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 strong history of designing highly efficient catamaran hulls, with ferries operating in New York, Washington, London and Amsterdam. A statement said “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, Eco Ferry uses a hybrid-drive system. When the upper end of power is needed, the diesel engines are there for support, keeping the batteries topped up at the same time. The vessel’s 160 kWh ESS (energy storage system) can also be further charged while alongside and by a solar array on the vessel roof.

Mr Bonafoux added “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.”

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