BMT reveals designs for new passenger and cargo vessels

BMT has revealed designs for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s new passenger and cargo vessels.

Scillonian IV, the new 72m, three-deck ferry, will carry up to 600 passengers and have a contemporary, comfortable seating arrangement, improved access for those with reduced mobility, and a coffee shop and retail area.

It will be capable of 18 knots, shortening journey times by 20%. Anti-roll fins will improve the stability of the crossing, whilst a hybrid propulsion system will reduce emissions.

The design involved consultation with islanders and stakeholders last summer. It found resilience, reliability, journey time and affordability to be the most important factors for future services.

“We have carried out an extensive consultation process and we have listened to what the Isles of Scilly community have identified as priorities in improving the service,” says Stuart Reid, chief executive, Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. “Their needs have been at the forefront of the design process.

“We are proud of the proposals, which will ultimately enhance the excellent cargo and passenger services we operate today and serve generations of travellers for years to come.”

The 45m dedicated cargo ship will increase cargo capacity by 50% and have more space for chilled and frozen goods. It will have a crane which can lift eight tonnes and a lounge for up to 12 passengers.

“BMT is committed to leading the way in designing vessels that reduce the environmental footprint, and we welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with ISSG and the island community to work towards enhanced operations and increased sustainability by leveraging our deep understanding of advanced ferry designs,” says Sylvain Julien, director of naval architecture at BMT.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has partnered with international shipbroker, Blair Reid, which specialises in the sale and procurement of new ferries. Discussions are taking place with 32 shipyards across the UK, Europe and the Far East to acquire Expressions of Interest and to identify a cost to build.

Building is hoped to start in March 2022 with completion of the project in two years.

The Company is currently working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly and Government on financing options.

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