Chatham Area Transit Hybrid Ferry by Derecktor Shipyards

Uppsala, Sweden (March 19, 2024) – Marine Jet Power (MJP), a global leader in the waterjet propulsion market is pleased to announce its collaboration with Derecktor Shipyards New York to provide the next generation of Hybrid Ferries to Chatham Area Transit (CAT) of Savannah, Georgia. 

Chatham Area Transit is a vital transportation service provider, connecting residents and visitors to various destinations in the Savannah area, including workplaces, schools, hotels, shops, restaurants, and healthcare facilities throughout the City of Savannah, unincorporated Chatham County, parts of Garden City and Port Wentworth.

The two, 65-ft passenger ferries will be built by Derecktor Shipyards in their New York facility and will feature dual Ultrajet 305 waterjets with Permanent Magnet Traction Motors from BAE Systems for the electric propulsion ensuring eco-friendly and efficient operation. Additionally, the innovative HybriGen® Power system by BAE Systems allows for the elimination of large diesel propulsion motors, reducing maintenance, space requirements, and environmental impact. The Energy Storage System (ESS) will be provided by Xalt Energy with a capacity of 308 kWh’s.  

The ferries, operating on short, continuous routes between three local landings (City Hall Landing, Trade Center Landing, and Waving Girl Landing), will feature state-of-the-art technology to meet the evolving needs of the community. Key specifications include:

  • Length Overall: 65′
  • Maximum Speed: 11 knots
  • Welded Aluminum hull structure
  • Propulsion System: Waterjet (2) – MJP Ultrajet 305
  • Propulsion Electric Motor: Permanent Magnet Traction Motor, BAE HybriGen® Power
  • Integrated Starter Generators: Cummins 6.7L Marine Diesel Engines (2) and HDS 200 ISG. 

MJP waterjets are well-suited for integration into hybrid propulsion systems, as seen in this project. The use of a serial hybrid system from BAE Systems allows for greater flexibility in power management, enhancing overall efficiency and environmental sustainability. In addition to the other benefits of waterjets including, shallow draft capabilities, high maneuverability and enhanced fuel efficiency. 

“The unique advantages of waterjet propulsion, such as shallow draft, maneuverability, safety and capability with hybrid systems, make them an excellent choice for the specific operational requirements of the Chatham Area Transit Ferries,” said Kevin Kirby, President and Regional Director of Marine Jet Power Americas.  

Derecktor Shipyards has emerged in recent years as a leader in commercial hybrid construction in the United States with four (4) vessels launched since 2014.  With a track record of delivering quality vessels, including those with environmentally conscious designs, Derecktor is committed to sustainable solutions and innovative marine construction.

Faye DiMassimo, CEO of Chatham Area Transit, expressed enthusiasm for the Savannah project, stating, “As our region continues to thrive, we have an opportunity to think holistically about what the future of transit can and should be for Chatham County.”

About Derecktor Shipyards: 

Founded in 1947, Derecktor Shipyards has evolved into one of the world’s most respected builders of custom aluminum vessels. The company’s commitment to quality, rugged construction, and superior technical installations has positioned it as a leader in the marine industry, with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

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About Marine Jet Power (MJP):

Headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden and owned by Verdane Capital, Marine Jet Power (MJP) has been redefining the waterjet market with constant innovation and unsurpassed quality since 1987. MJP’s proven stainless steel, mixed-flow and aluminum, axial-flow waterjets are used in many diverse applications, from fast military craft and passenger vessels to luxury yachts and workboats worldwide. 

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