BMT launches Pentamaran next generation hull-form
Southampton-based BMT has released details on its new next generation hull-form for autonomous operations, the Pentamaran.
It will be capable of performing commercial and defence missions including ISR, ASW and hydrographic surveying.
The Pentamaran has been specifically designed to reduce drag and previous tests has shown improved performance in comparison to mono-hulls, catamarans and trimaran.
The platform has a slender central hull with smaller hulls on both sides of the vessel. The smaller ‘sponsons’ provide roll stability effect and are, therefore, not immerged.
Martin Bissuel, Business Sector Lead for Specialised Ship Design at BMT, said: ‘For applications where fuel economy matters, the Pentamaran hull form is more efficient than conventional full forms, which means that using the same engines and the same amount of fuel, it will go further than any other.’
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