Glosten, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, announces the completion of a 150-passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington.
"Glosten has designed a modern and efficient passenger vessel that will meet the demands of our riders," said Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson. "As a public agency, at the end of the day, it's all about the people. We are confident that this new addition to our fleet will serve the people of the Puget Sound region for many years to come."
The Glosten team worked closely with Kitsap Transit to create a ferry customized for Sinclair Inlet, but flexible enough to meet future needs. Passenger comforts were of particular importance to this design and include a variety of passenger spaces with lots of natural light, a unique ADA-accessible bow, and a spacious passenger cabin and sun deck.
This vessel features an efficient aluminum catamaran hull, ADA access throughout the main deck, and two BAE HybriDrive propulsion systems driving fixed pitch propellers.
Glosten Project Manager and Design Lead William Moon, PE commented on the propulsion system of the 70' vessel. "Outfitted with a battery-diesel hybrid propulsion system, the vessel will operate like a Prius - no more diesel exhaust and noise while passengers load and unload."
This new hybrid electric passenger ferry is the first in Puget Sound, and will be constructed at Bellingham-based All American Marine. It is expected to carry over 350,000 passengers annually.
Glosten, a Seattle-based engineering consultancy founded in 1958, is recognized throughout the marine industry for providing innovative solutions to clients' challenging problems, integrating advanced analysis with practical, experience-based design. Glosten expertise includes Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering & Analysis, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Detail/Production Design. Glosten is the parent company to Noise Control Engineering, LLC, a premier acoustical and structural engineering consultancy specializing in noise and vibration measurement and control for marine, industrial, commercial, and military applications.
Kitsap Transit, a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority owned by the citizens of Kitsap County, provides public transportation services by way of vanpool, routed bus, and foot ferry. Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated, and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of its residents.