BMT has launched a new hybrid ferry design believed that it could pave the way for a cleaner, more cost-efficient energy option for ferry operators.
At 31 meters, the 149-passenger Eco Ferry has a top speed of 20 knots and offers an intelligent hybrid system delivering “smooth, silent and vibration-free power.”
“Greener ferry systems have to be the future and we’re extremely excited to be launching this new hybrid design,” John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT said.
“In our recent case study of an example river commute in New York, the Eco Ferry engines are completely off for 63% of the time. That’s a huge saving on fuel consumption and emissions, not to mention engine hours and maintenance,” Bonafoux explained.
Working in collaboration with BAE Systems, the Eco Ferry uses the Hybrid-Drive system. When the upper end of power is needed, the diesel engines are there to support, keeping the batteries topped up at the same time. The vessel’s 160kWh energy storage system can also be further charged whilst alongside and by a solar array on the vessel roof, according to the company.
“It’s an all-round, nicer experience for passengers. The Eco-ferry glides in and out of dock silently and smoke free, completely under electric power. No longer will there be noise and diesel fumes at the dock as passengers embark and disembark,” Bonafoux added.