AUGUST 21, 2018 — Over the last 30 years, naval architectural and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), Seattle, WA, has designed a multitude of ferries, barges and tugs. Although its history is rich with traditional vessel designs, occasionally they are involved in more unique projects.
One of those unique projects was a purpose-built landing craft that entered service earlier this year for San Juan Ferry & Barge, Friday Harbor, WA.
EBDG partnered with Latitude Marine Services (LMS), La Conner, WA, to update the design of a current landing craft operated by San Juan Ferry & Barge, designed by EBDG and built by LMS. EBDG provided design and production support services, and conducted a post-construction stability test for the new vessel, the M/V Nordland II.
The M/V Nordland II has a length overall of 87 feet, 10 inches, beam of 25 feet, with a capacity of 185,000 lbs. It entered service at the beginning of the year, providing freight transportation throughout the San Juan Islands in Washington State. San Juan Ferry & Barge transports everything from building materials and dump trucks to logging equipment and septic tanks.
“This design revision incorporated a midbody hull addition and refined pilot house design to increase cargo space on the deck and make it easier to load large vehicles,” says Michael Complita, Principal in Charge at EBDG.
The vessel’s unique bow ramp allows for vehicles and heavy lift equipment to drive onto the deck from any beach access.