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M/V WOODS HOLE is Delivered


SEATTLE (8/2/16) – The M/V WOODS HOLE will serve Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.  This Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) design is their second for The Steamship Authority.  The ferry was built by Conrad Industries of Morgan City, LA.  EBDG's scope for the project included extensive concept design, which proceeded to a design validation with CFD and towing tank development of the hull form, propulsion selection studies, and passenger egress validation from the evacuation system.  EBDG's support included a parking lot validation study, shipyard bid evaluation, technical liaison during construction, and coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, both local sector and MSC. 


Upon delivery of the vessel, Brian King, EBDG's Vice President of Engineering and Project Manager for this effort, remarked that "It was a great project to participate in during the construction.  The on-site Steamship Authority team, Conrad, and EBDG were all working together with common purpose.  Conrad's depth of experience, attention to detail, and pride of workmanship was evident throughout.  I couldn't be more pleased with how well they translated our design into reality."


The WOODS HOLE is a 235' single-ended ferry with a bow thruster and a service speed of 14.5 knots.  The vessel is designed to be primarily a "super freight boat" that, when not carrying a full freight load, also serves as a passenger and car ferry carrying up to 384 passengers and 55 cars.  The boat is capable of carrying 1 million pounds of tractor trailer freight within hard constraints of maximum draft, length, and beam.  Freight deck loading and unloading is very efficient.


Operating environment requirements drove many of the design features.  Shallow water turbulence and bottom scouring is a factor for several of the ports, so this vessel incorporates controllable pitch propellers to minimize propeller wake wash when accelerating.  High lift rudders and a directionally vectorable bow thruster enable tight maneuvering, and the vessel can turn in its own length.  Noise mitigation was also given high priority, and it is noticeably quieter both on board and on shore.



Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) is an employee-owned company with offices in Seattle, New Orleans, and Ketchikan that provides naval architecture, marine engineering and production support services to owners, operators, and shipyards across the country.  With a focus on responsiveness, EBDG delivers designs that are better to build and better to operate.

For more information, please visit www.ebdg.com


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