The first of two Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels, designed by BMT Nigel Gee and Associates (UK) and built in Holland by the Damen Shipyards has successfully completed sea trials. Due to its small waterplane area and submerged torpedo-like hulls, the vessel is able to minimise the affect of surface wave motions to reduce the risk of passenger seasickness or weather cancellations. The vessels will travel at speeds of up to 16.5 knots on a 4-mile route between Breskens and Vlissingen in Holland.
Constructed out of high tensile steel and aluminium, the ferries are designed to last for a 30-year lifespan. The propulsion system is based on two MTU 12V 4000 diesel engines, driving a Bakker Sliedrecht electric propulsion system comprising generators and electric propulsion motorsturning two fixed pitch propellers. The motion damping system consists of four active stabilising fins positioned fore and aft on each of the floaters controlled by a motion sensing system. The fins are positioned inboard on the floaters, reducing the likelihood of damage when coming alongside the jetty.