As Afloat previously reported, plans to replace the veteran Scillionian III of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, with designs for a new state-of-the-art passenger and cargo ferry were recently revealed for the first time.
Currently, the Scillonian III runs between Penzance, Cornwall, in the southwest of England, with St. Mary’s, the largest and most populous island in the archipelago. The ship launched in 1977 by Appledore Shipbuilders in neighboring Devon, operates the 2 hour 45 minute island lifeline.
Following an extensive consultation process with the Isles of Scilly community, the new 72m passenger ferry (video) will carry 600 passengers across three decks with a contemporary and comfortable seating arrangement, onboard cafe and retail area.
According to the Isles of Scilly steamboat, the new vessel will be capable of reaching speeds of 18 knots, which will reduce journey time by 20%; anti-roll fins to improve crossing stability; increased loading capacity with the possibility of transporting refrigerated and frozen products; better access for passengers with reduced mobility. A hybrid propulsion system for the new passenger freighter must reduce emissions.
In addition, a dedicated 45m freighter will replace the Gry Maritha, will have increased loading capacity, including more space for chilled and frozen products; a crane that can lift eight tons and a comfortable lounge that can accommodate up to 12 passengers.
The new inter-island launch will be capable of 12 knots, allowing much faster journey times between St Mary’s and the other islands; a 50% increase in loading capacity and a 55% reduction in fuel consumption.
The next step will be to start discussions with the shipyards on potential construction programs. The company has partnered with international shipping broker Blair Reid, which specializes in the sale and purchase of new ferries.
Blair Reid is currently in contact with 32 shipyards in the UK, Europe and the Far East to acquire expressions of interest and identify potential construction niches and construction costs.
Stuart Reid, Managing Director, said: “We have conducted an extensive consultation process and we have listened to what the Isles of Scilly community has identified as a priority for improving service. Their needs were at the forefront of the design process. We are proud of the proposals, which will ultimately enhance the excellent freight and passenger services we operate today and serve generations of travelers for years to come. “
The design, in partnership with Naval Architects BMT, involved consultation with islanders and stakeholders last summer. He found that resilience, reliability, travel time and affordability were the most important factors for future services.
Ian Howard, President, said: “We have taken a big step forward with the finalization of these designs. Now we have to select the right shipyard (s) to build these ships and secure funding for them. “
Kevin George, Director, said: “Green technology is at the heart of new designs; we aspire to minimize the environmental impact as early as possible while ensuring the reliability and resilience of this vital vital service.
“Going forward, we want to have the ability to adapt and modify the chosen propulsion system to ensure that we meet the government’s goal of decarbonizing the maritime sector by 2050 and keeping ships aligned with it. ‘evolution of environmentally friendly technologies. “
Sylvain Julien, Director of Naval Architecture at BMT, said: “BMT is committed to leading the way in designing ships that reduce the environmental footprint, and we welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with the ‘ISSG and the island community to work towards improved operations and increased sustainability by leveraging our in-depth understanding of advanced ferry designs.
The Company is currently working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the government on funding options.