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October 12, 2005

Nigel Gee ferries for Indian island service
Ferries feature Hamilton Jet propulsion

Singapore's Penguin Shipyards International Pte Ltd is building its first three new ferries under a new license agreement with BMT Nigel Gee & Associates.

The three 154 passenger catamarans are being built for the Shipping Corporation of India which will operate them on interisland services in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep archipelago in the Arabian Ocean, west of Cochin and Calcutta.

The first vessel will be delivered in March 2007. When in service each catamaran will provide a vital transportation service for 154 passengers between the islands that form the Union Territory of Lakshadweep Administration, situated in the Arabian Sea to the South-West of India.

BMT Nigel Gee has designed the catamarans, which are 35 meters long and have a maximum deadweight of 43.5 tonnes, to ensure that they will be capable of operating in rough conditions throughout the year. The vessels will be propelled by Cummins KTA50 M2 engines, each delivering 1,800 bhp (1,343 kW) at 1,900 rpm on a heavy duty rating combined with Hamilton HM721 water jets through twin-disc gearboxes. These will give the vessels a 25-knot full load speed.

Motion damping systems consisting of T-foils and interceptors will be supplied by Maritime Dynamics.

Nigel Gee, Managing Director of BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, comments: "Our extensive experience in the design of catamarans has enabled us to produce these designs to the Shipping CorporationÕs exacting requirements. When built, the vessels will provide a fast, effective and comfortable service to the local residents in the territory."

The vessels will be dually classed to Bureau Veritas, Indian Registry of Shipping and IMO HSC2000.