Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD), a division of Bristol Harbor Group
, Inc., has completed the advanced concept phase of a new fast ferry design that is targeted for construction by small to medium size U.S. shipyards. The 125-ft. (38-meter) aluminum vessel will have a passenger capacity in excess of 300. It will be powered by twin diesel engines coupled to water jets, with a design speed greater than 30 knots. The vessel will be designed from the keel up to U.S. Coast Guard Sub-Chapter K regulations for medium to large size passenger vessels. Additional design features will make use of new advances in technology for production, as well as for ship propulsion
, control and navigation.
The BHMD design will be an all U.S. design/build effort originated by a U.S. naval architecture and marine engineering firm. Similar fast ferries built domestically have utilized designs from Australia and the United Kingdom.
Total annual domestic fast ferry construction is estimated to reach $60 Million per year over the next five years. The intent of this project is to win the design contracts for a substantial portion of this market nation-wide, and to work closely with local shipbuilders and supporting firms to bring this work to the northeast.