Friday, March 10, 2017

New Freight and Passenger RoPax Ferry Design Commissioned for Orkney Island Crossing

Ship Scheduled for Entry Into Service in 2018
Shipping News Feature
UK – AUSTRALIA – VIETNAM – Southampton based ship designers BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) has been commissioned to design a new 85 metre steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Australian vessel constructors Strategic Marine. The passenger and freight ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production. The ferry will be built at Strategic Marine's Vietnamese shipyard.

The vessel will replace the 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 its predecessor 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 new ferry will be 84.5 metres in length and 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 5,481nautical miles. BMT Nigel Gee’s Technical Director, Ed Dudson, commented:

“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.”

Photo: An impression of how the new ferry will look.