EBDG designs landing craft to serve San Juan Islands


(SEATTLE) — Over the past 30 years, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been involved in numerous waterfront projects including the design of ferries, barges and tugs. Although its history is rich with traditional vessel designs, occasionally they are involved in more unique projects. One of them being the design of a purpose-built landing craft for San Juan Ferry & Barge. 

EBDG partnered with Latitude Marine Services (LMS) 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, M/V Nordland II.

Nordland II entered service at the beginning of the year, providing freight transportation throughout the San Juan Islands.

"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," said 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.

Nordland II specifications:

Length overall: 87' 10"

Length on deck: 74'

Beam: 25'

Capacity: 185,000 pounds

Crane capacity: 4,500 pounds

For more information, visit www.ebdg.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff