The design and feasibility study of a 32M ferry for an intensive shortsea commuter service within the Maltese archipelago in accordance with the EU passenger Vessel Directive. A highly efficient 20knt catamaran design was proposed, with a total passenger capacity shy of 350 persons divided over two decks.
The platform is intended for fast alighting through means of bow and side boarding gates to meet an intensive operational schedule as well as accommodate the large number of passengers onboard. The accommodation provides a balance with interior and outside seating, catering both to the local tourist as well as commuter market and allow for an all-year round operation.
To allow for 0-emission operations when in port, a PTO/PTI hybrid configuration is considered, supplemented with an onboard battery bank to provide 0-emission slow speed sailing whilst guaranteeing 20knot high-speed offshore operations through means of the two 789bkW engines.