BELFAST maritime company Artemis Technologies has set its sights on the luxury travel market with a new water taxi prototype.
The company, which is developing new zero-emission high-speed vessels using advanced electric foiling technology, said the new Artemis EF-12 Escape will be capable of carrying 12 passengers.
New design presented
The new design was presented at a maritime industry conference in Barcelona.
Artemis has already developed a number of electric ‘flying’ seafaring craft.
The Belfast firm last year tested its workboat in Belfast Harbour and announced plans to launch a 24 metre zero emission ferry servicing Belfast and Bangor.
The EF-24 Passenger will be capable of carrying 150 people and could launch as soon as next year.
Artemis Technologies is now targeting the luxury travel market with the smaller EF-12.
Commercial director David Tyler said: “Our goal is to provide a sustainable, comfortable, and luxurious passenger experience for our customers, while also reducing their environmental impact.”
Autonomous flight control system
The aerodynamic vessel boasts an autonomous flight control system. It is capable of a top speed of 30 knots has a range of 42 nautical miles.
“We believe that our new electric foiling water taxi will set a new standard for the water taxi industry,” added Mr Tyler.
“It combines the latest technology with luxurious design, providing a unique and unforgettable experience for our customers.”
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Source: Irish News