Red Funnel, Artemis Technologies team up on electric high-speed ferry

UK-based technology company Artemis Technologies and compatriot ferry company Red Funnel have signed a partnership agreement to introduce Artemis electric high-speed ferry to Red Funnel’s Southampton to West Cowes route.

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As informed, the Artemis EF-24 passenger ferry represents the next step in the decarbonization journey and Red Funnel is joining two other ferry operators adopting the technology to decarbonize their operations.

This addition to Red Funnel’s fleet is expected to provide the first zero-emissions commercial service between the South Coast and the Isle of Wight, according to the partners.

Specifically, the vessel is expected to save up to 3,700 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Using electricity from renewable sources will increase annual emissions savings to approximately 4,150 tons of CO2 emissions, Artemis Technologies noted.

In addition to reducing air pollution and noise, the fully accessible passenger ferry will use hydrofoil propulsion technology to fly over waves, lifting the vessel out of the water to reduce drag and provide a smoother experience for passengers.

We have been working with Artemis Technologies for several months to develop this partnership, and we are delighted to reach this exciting milestone as part of our journey to decarbonise our fleet. Delivering first-class service to our customers is our priority and the Artemis EF-24 passenger ferry will provide speed, comfort and reliability as well as significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution,” Red Funnel CEO, Fran Collins, said.

This is an important step towards transitioning to a sustainable and environmentally friendly fleet that will continue to provide a lifeline service for the Isle of Wight community both now and for future generations. We will be working closely with ATL over the coming months for testing and sea trials…”

We are incredibly excited to partner with Red Funnel and bring the Artemis EF-24 Passenger ferry to the vital Southampton – Isle of Wight route. The Artemis EF-24 Passenger ferry represents a major leap forward in our mission to transform the maritime industry and future-proof our oceans and waterways,” Iain Percy OBE, CEO of Artemis, commented.

Air pollution impacts our health, damages quality of life, and harms our environment and oceans. By introducing the Artemis EF-24 Passenger, Red Funnel is taking a significant step towards mitigating these issues. The electric propulsion of our ferry not only eliminates air and water pollution but also reduces noise and wake, providing a quieter, smoother ride for passengers and minimising impact on shorelines.

“This partnership with Red Funnel underscores our commitment to international maritime standards, and paves the way to a healthier planet for all. Together, we are leading the charge towards a more sustainable future,” he concluded.

The ferry will be ready for passenger service in late 2025, when it will join the Red Funnel Fleet.