BMT Nigel Gee to design all-electric passenger ferry

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of maritime consultancy BMT Group, has won an order for the design of a 25m all-electric, 150 passenger ferry in China.

In order to demonstrate the practical use of a battery-powered ferry within the estuarial and coastal waters, where marine transportation provides a viable alternative to land-based transport, a new green ship design will be developed.

BMT will provide a design based on its low-resistance hull-form technology, which is currently in use in many low-wash catamaran ferries.  

Construction of the vessel will have started by the middle of 2011, with trials and delivery by mid-B2012.