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Shipbuilding

Two 43m-long fast ferries to join Kitsap Transit’s service

15. July 2019


BMT is to work with United States shipyard, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), to provide the design for two 43m-long fast ferries to join Kitsap Transit’s service between Pier 50 in Seattle and Kingston and Southworth over the Puget Sound. The bow- and side-loading vessels will be capable of carrying 255 passengers and up to 26 bicyles in protected storage at cruising speeds of 35 knots up to maximum of 37 knots. The contract includes an option for a third vessel.

BMT’s John Bonafoux, business development director, Commercial Shipping, commented: “It’s fantastic to win this contract for the newest addition to the Kitsap Fast Ferries fleet in Seattle, Washington. We’ll be working with the great team at Nichols Brothers yard for this fast ferry project, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the first of these two exciting new vessels hit the water in January 2020.”

BMT, based in Southampton, UK, has supported the design and construction of more than 150 high-speed catamarans and has developed many fast passenger ferries since the early 1980s. The company has also worked closely with NBBB on the design and construction of the 81m-long Project Sea Figher, known as the X-Craft. This aluminium catamaran is the fastest large vessel in the US Navy’s fleet.