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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 

BMT's latest passenger ferry, designed for Kitsap Transit in the US, has successfully completed sea trials and is ready to start operation in the next few weeks.

The Enetai outperformed design requirements during vessel trials, delivering to Kitsap Transit; a lighter, faster, and smoother riding vessel. Enetai is the first of two 42.6m high speed catamarans built to a BMT design by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) in Seattle, US. Her sister vessel, Commander, is due to be launched later in 2021.

The vessel has a capacity of 255 passengers on a single deck with space for up to 26 bicycles. Designed with combined bow and side loaders to enable operations at multiple terminals, the vessel will provide a key commuter link between Seattle, Southworth and Kingston.

Twin MTU 16V4000 M65L engines combined with Kongsberg S71-4 waterjets allow the vessel to reach a top speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots. This makes Enetai one of the fastest vessels designed to meet the new US EPA Tier IV exhaust emissions regulations.

The design includes an active ride control system ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride at high-speed. The vessel displays high manoeuvrability and superior responsiveness owing to its latest generation of waterjet drives and design emphasis on lightweight construction.

Sylvain Julien, Director of Naval Architecture, BMT, said: “This new design incorporates the latest in exhaust after-treatment technologies, leading to a significant reduction in the emissions of NOx and Sox, thus paving the way for more environmentally friendly fast passenger ferries worldwide.”

BMT says its expertise in efficient hull design, combined with NBBB’s ability to build high quality aluminium vessels to stringent weight requirements, has resulted in a vessel with low displacement and minimal wake wash, protecting the Puget Sound and further enhancing her green credentials through reduced fuel consumption.

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