Scotland’s state-owned company Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has awarded design and engineering firm BMT a contract to provide consultancy services for the concept design of a new passenger ferry for the Gourock, Dunoon and Kilcreggan routes
The new ferry will be designed to replace the vessels currently operated on the routes by Scotland’s state ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). BMT and CMAL will investigate and evaluate the application of energy efficiency solutions to make the new vessel design more sustainable, while offering the high level of safety and reliability expected from a lifeline ferry service.
CMAL senior technical manager and project director Andy Crossan said “BMT has a strong track record of advanced vessel design, knowledge and experience, and has a thorough understanding of the challenges and the opportunities offered by the port infrastructure redevelopment. The contract award is an important milestone in the new vessel project, which will provide much-needed investment in the ferry service for the local community and the overall vessel fleet.”
BMT director of naval architecture Sylvain Julien said the company is committed to designing vessels that lower the environmental impact adding “we welcome the opportunity to work with CMAL towards increased sustainability by leveraging our deep understanding of advanced ferry design and operation.”
The contract is part of the Gourock Harbour Infrastructure & Vessels Project – a partnership between Transport Scotland, CMAL, CalMac and Argyll and Bute Council. The project covers the redevelopment of Gourock Ferry Terminal and works to the harbour infrastructure at Dunoon and Kilcreggan, as well as the delivery of a new passenger-only vessels. When complete, it will provide a modern, lifeline passenger ferry service between the terminals at Gourock, Dunoon and Kilcreggan.
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