Red Funnel Ferries UK introduces emissions-free Artemis EF-24 Passenger ship

   July 3, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

Red Funnel Ferries is set to introduce an emissions-free vessel, the Artemis EF-24 Passenger, to Southampton-West Cowes (Isle of Wight) route by late 2025.

The new ferry aims to complement the current service provided by Red Jets 6 and 7 with a zero-emissions, electric e-foiling vessel.

The Artemis EF-24 Passenger is projected to save up to 3700 tonnes of CO2 annually, with the potential to increase savings to ~4150 tonnes of CO2 when powered by renewable electricity.

This vessel will not only cut air pollution and noise but will also feature advanced hydrofoil propulsion technology. This allows the ferry to 'fly' over waves, reducing drag and offering passengers a smoother, quieter, and more comfortable ride.

This will mark the first zero-emissions commercial service between the south coast and the Isle of Wight. Fran Collins, Red Funnel's chief executive, highlighted the significance of this development in their fleet’s decarbonisation journey. She stated that their collaboration with Artemis Technologies has reached a pivotal point, reflecting their commitment to delivering top-tier service while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This step is crucial for transitioning to a sustainable fleet that serves the Isle of Wight community effectively now and for the future.

Collins further noted that extensive testing, sea trials, and bespoke training for their high-speed team will be conducted to ensure the ferry's readiness. During this period, the current operations will continue as usual.

Dr. Iain Percy OBE, CEO of Artemis Technologies, emphasized the environmental benefits of the ferry’s electric propulsion system, which eliminates air and water pollution, reduces noise, and minimizes shoreline impact.

The Artemis EF-24 Passenger is anticipated to join the Red Funnel fleet and commence passenger service by the end of 2025.