Design contract signed for two new Kitsap Transit ferries

Ferries to be built by Whidbey Island’s Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

BMT, an engineering service from the U.K., recently announced a contract signing for two new 43-meter high-speed passenger fast ferries for Kitsap Transit.

There is an option for a third vessel to be added to the fleet. Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Washington, will build the vessels for service on the Seattle fast ferry routes.

“It’s fantastic to win this contract for the newest addition to the Kitsap fast ferry service fleet in Seattle, Washington,” said John Bonafoux, BMT’s business development director for commercial shipping, via

“Once again, we’ll be working with the great team at the Nichols Brothers shipyard for this fast ferry project, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the first of these two exciting new vessels hit the water in January 2020.”

The vessel will a capacity of 255 passengers and 26 bicycles and a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots.