UK naval architects BMT has unveiled the first images of two new vessels being designed for Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (ISSC).
The first is a 72-metre ferry capable of carrying 600 passengers over three decks with a contemporary, comfortable seating arrangement, an onboard coffee shop, and a retail area.
The vessel will be capable of a speed of 18 knots and will feature anti-roll fins to improve stability of the crossing. There will also be provisions for transporting chilled and frozen goods, improved access for passengers with reduced mobility, and a hybrid propulsion system.
The second vessel is a 45-metre, inter-island cargo-only ship with an eight-tonne crane, a lounge that can house 12 passengers, and space for chilled and frozen goods. It will be capable of a speed of 12 knots.
BMT said the next step will be entering discussions with shipyards on potential build programmes. The company has partnered with international shipbroker Blair Reid, which specialises in the sale and procurement of new ferries.
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