UK ferry operator Red Funnel confirmed that it plans to introduce in late 2025 the first zero-emissions high-speed vessel between the South Coast and the Isle of Wight.

With the help of maritime technology expert Artemis Technologies (ATL), the Red Funnel’s Southampton to West Cowes route, currently served by Red Jets 6 and 7, will be enhanced with the addition of a zero-emission, electric e-foiling passenger ferry (Artemis EF-24 Passenger).  

Red Funnel will join two other ferry operators adopting the technology to decarbonise their operations.

Artemis EF-24 Passenger will save up to 3,700 tonnes of CO2e per year.

Furthermore, it will increase annual emissions savings to around 4,150 tonnes of CO2e by using electricity from renewable sources.

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

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

Fran Collins, Red Funnel chief executive, 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, including bespoke training of our High-Speed team so that we’re ready to add Artemis EF-24 Passenger to our fleet next year.”