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Monday, September 28, 2020 

BMT has been contracted by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group (ISSG) for vessel design and consultancy services that will provide next-generation of passenger and freight services between the UK mainland and the Isles of Scilly.

ISSG is planning to replace its Scillonian III vessel (pictured), which was purpose built for ISSG, and entered service in May 1977, making it the UK's longest running service passenger ferry. The first Scillonian was built and completed her maiden voyage in 1926, and since then the ferry has provided vital transport links to and from the islands, boosting tourism and the economy.

ISSG is seeking a flexible vessel design solution to run between the harbours of Penzance and St Mary’s, in addition to an onward freight supply chain from St Mary’s to the islands of St Martins, Tresco, Bryher and St Agnes. The designs will be optimised to meet the future requirements of the islands, and to meet the expanding needs of the local communities, businesses and visitors, to increase tourism, attracting more visitors.

Noel Tomlinson, Business Development Director for Specialised Ship Design, BMT, said: “Our highly-skilled team at BMT are thrilled to be working with ISSG on greener, more efficient vessel designs. Our proven portfolio of passenger and freight ferry designs ensures that we are best placed to support lifeline ferry operators such as ISSG. The designs will maximise passenger and crew comfort, will be capable of operating in the challenging conditions of the Atlantic ocean route, whilst meeting all existing and known future regulatory requirements. In addition, the new designs will be optimised to meet the unique requirements of the UK mainland and island ports.”

Stuart Reid, CEO, ISSG, said: “BMT have world-class naval architecture and engineering experience and we’re delighted to have them on board as we start to shape our asset replacement programme to meet the needs of the islands’ community and visitors to Scilly. We are consulting islanders and key stakeholders about what sort of marine service they would like to see in the future, and BMT are working with us on translating this into concept designs.”

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