A WINNING PARTNERSHIP.
In 2020, Glosten formed a partnership with Bieker Boats, Kitsap Transit, DNV, and other public agencies to accelerate ferry technology through a joint innovation project led by Washington Maritime Blue. The project aimed to speed the design of a zero-emission, high-speed passenger ferry for operation in the Puget Sound. The vessel concept, known as Foil Ferry, was designed by Glosten and Bieker Boats, a performance marine craft designer.
Kitsap Transit identified a potential Foil Ferry route for their operations and sponsored the team’s application for additional funding to advance the concept. Together the JIP pursued a grant from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and secured an award of $600,000 from the Accelerating Innovative Mobility Initiative in cash and in-kind contributions.