Design contract awarded to BMT for brand new Kilcreggan ferry

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DESIGN work has been commissioned for a brand new passenger ferry linking Kilcreggan and Gourock.

Caledonian Maritime Property (CMAL) has awarded a contract to BMT, a global design and engineering agency, to supply consultancy companies for a vessel idea design.

The ferry will exchange the vessels that are at present used on the 2 companies – together with the MV Chieftain, which has been chartered from Clyde Marine Providers (CMS) of Greenock since CalMac Ferries Ltd took over operation of the route from the Inverclyde agency in June of final yr.

CMS itself took over the operating of the service in Could 2018 after earlier operator Clydelink was stripped of the contract following heavy criticism of its efficiency.

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The contract award comes after the ferry procurement course of was closely criticised in a report by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s rural economic system and connectivity committee, who examined the fallout from the order by CMAL of two ferries from the now nationalised Ferguson shipyard on the Clyde.

The method has additionally being criticised regionally because of the lack of public session with individuals in Cove, Kilcreggan and the broader Rosneath peninsula.

The £155,000 contract awarded to BMT is a part of the Gourock Harbour Infrastructure and Vessels Undertaking, a partnership between Transport Scotland, CMAL, CalMac and Argyll and Bute Council.

It covers the redevelopment of Gourock ferry terminal and works to the harbour infrastructures at Dunoon and Kilcreggan, in addition to the supply of recent passenger-only vessels.

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However considerations have been raised in Kilcreggan over whether or not the brand new ship will be capable to use Kilcreggan pier.

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The design work is predicted to include energy-efficiency options alongside security and reliability.

Andy Crossan, senior technical supervisor and tasks director at CMAL, mentioned: “BMT has a powerful monitor report of superior vessel design, data and expertise, and has an intensive understanding of the challenges and the alternatives provided by the port infrastructure redevelopment.

“The contract award is a vital milestone within the new vessel undertaking, which can present much-needed funding within the ferry service for the area people and the general vessel fleet.”

Sylvain Julien, director at BMT, mentioned: “BMT is dedicated to main the best way in designing vessels that decrease the environmental influence, and we welcome the chance to work with CMAL to work in direction of elevated sustainability by leveraging our deep understanding of superior ferry design and operation.”

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