All American launches Puget Sound's first hybrid-electric ferry

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The following is text of a news release from All American Marine, Inc. (AAM):

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine has completed construction and launched a 150-passenger hybrid-electric vessel for Kitsap Transit. The aluminum catamaran, Waterman, was designed by Glosten of Seattle and will operate during peak times on Kitsap’s Bremerton-Port Orchard or Bremerton-Annapolis routes.

The 70-by-26-foot U.S. Coast Guard-certified passenger ferry features an efficient aluminum catamaran hull, ADA access throughout the main deck, and twin BAE Systems HybriDrive propulsion systems driving fixed-pitch propellers. The HybriDrive propulsion system includes a generator, propulsion power converter, house load power supply and control system.

“The hybrid system is fully automated, assessing the power loads, both hotel and propulsion loads, and manages the entire system,” said Matt Mullett, All American Marine's president and CEO.

BAE Systems’ HybriGen system requires fewer engine operating hours and is more streamlined than a conventional drive, requiring fewer parts, thus resulting in savings in both fuel consumption and maintenance costs. The vessel will also operate nearly silent while under battery power when passengers are loading and unloading.

This will be the first hybrid-electric passenger ferry in Puget Sound. 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, an ADA-accessible bow, and a spacious passenger cabin and sun deck.

By Professional Mariner Staff