UK-based BMT has unveiled the designs for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s new passenger and cargo vessels.
The new 72m passenger ferry will operate at a speed of 18 knots, reducing voyage time by 20%.
It will have the capacity to accommodate 600 passengers across three decks.
The new ferry will feature enhanced cargo capacity, with the ability to store frozen goods, anti-roll fins for better stability during the crossing and a hybrid propulsion system that will minimise emissions.
The 45m dedicated cargo vessel, which will replace the Gry Maritha, will also offer more cargo capacity.
This includes additional space for frozen and chilled products as well as a lounge for up to 12 commuters.
It will also be equipped with a crane which can uplift nearly eight tonnes.
Another design includes a new inter-island launch, which will have an increased cargo capacity of 50% and run at 12 knots, offering reduced fuel consumption by 55%.
It will also reduce the journey time between St Mary’s and the off-islands.
BMT will now hold discussions with shipyards for initiating the construction programmes.
The company has teamed up with shipbroker Blair Reid, which has expertise in the sale and purchase of new ferries.
Isles of Scilly Steamship Company CEO Stuart Reid said: “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. Their needs have been at the forefront of the design process.”
Last summer, islanders and stakeholders were consulted for the design, in collaboration with naval architects from BMT.
Some factors which were taken into consideration for the future services included affordability, resilience, reliability and journey time.
Presently, the firm is working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the government on funding opportunities.