As a first step in the NMV process, BC Ferries has concluded an international competition aimed at selecting the program’s Design Agent. A large number of designers received the RFP package, and submitted offers and the Norwegian design and engineering company LMG Marin has now been awarded the role of Design Agent.
The design assignment involves two main phases. Firstly, a concept design phase will include the evaluation of vessel main dimensions, arrangement, hull materials, and propulsion and energy solutions, with the overall goal of achieving a zero-emission design by use of proven technology. The concept design work involves the use of state-of-the-art hydrodynamic analysis and simulation tools, where LMG Marin intends to seek assistance from highly qualified BC-located competence.
The second phase will further develop the concluded concept design into a basic design and specification package, which will be used as the basis for obtaining firm-price building tenders from shipyards. The design work will be kicked off by June of this year and its completion is planned by early 2024, to be followed by an international newbuild tender process aimed at meeting the ultimate goal of operational ferries in service by 2029.
“We are excited to work with LMG Marin as we strive to design modern, innovative and sustainable vessels for the future,” said Ed Hooper, BC Ferries’ Executive Director of Shipbuilding. “We will design and build new ships that will minimize our impact on the planet while continuing our ambition to be leaders in environmental stewardship.”
“We are honored to be awarded the role of NMV Design Agent by one of the world’s biggest ferry operator. It is an important and challenging project that may allow us to implement and scale up already proven low- and zero-emission solutions into large size ROPAX vessels” says Managing Director of LMG Marin, Torbjørn Bringedal.
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