BMT Design & Technology (BMT) has announced completion of the designing project for the South Australian Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s (DPTI) ferries.
BMT has partnered with the DPTI to develop replacement design for ferries that are set to operate on the River Murray.
The hull composed of steel was manufactured locally at Bowhill Engineering and was fitted out by the Departments Morgan dockyard. The vessel measures 22m in length and will be driven by cables.
The BMT team provided structural engineering and naval architecture services which was incorporated into the design tailored to the customer’s specific needs.
BMT Design & Technology maritime engineering lead Trevor Dove said: "We recognise that providing the optimum design in terms of cost, schedule and performance is key.
"Our team has been able to demonstrate its expertise and knowledge in all aspects of marine engineering to deliver a design that is fit for purpose for the customer."
It had conducted condition surveys on a further four timber hulled ferries, which were nearing the end of their service life.
The department had imposed restrictions on weight, post the surveys, to ensure the longevity of these ferries for safe operation until they are replaced.
They can accommodate two lanes of cars or trucks of up to 50t, or a maximum of 70 passengers.
The local communities are said to use these ferries for safe passage across the River Murray.
The first ferry is already in service in Lyrup with another three scheduled to be completed by July 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.
In May 2015, BMT launched the new, cost-effective Smartfleet management system at the upcoming maritime event, Nor-Shipping, in Oslo, Norway.
The new system uses accurate metocean data in combination with BMT’s algorithms to isolate the different components that contribute to overall vessel performance.
Image: The newly designed BMT ferry. Photo: courtesy of BMT Group Ltd.