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Double Olympic Champion Skipper In Bid to Make UK World Leader in Eco-Friendly Ferries

10th March 2020
Iain Percy is vying for a £30m UK Government grant to part-fund an innovation project to develop (in Belfast Harbour) passenger ferries that use hydrofoil technology. Iain Percy is vying for a £30m UK Government grant to part-fund an innovation project to develop (in Belfast Harbour) passenger ferries that use hydrofoil technology. Credit: Belfast Telegrapraph-twitter

An Olympian with two gold medals is skippering a bid to make (Belfast Harbour) the UK a world leader in zero-emissions passenger ferries.

Sailing champion Iain Percy is combining his own know-how from designing America’s Cup racing yachts with expertise from the maritime, aerospace and F1 racing industries to develop what he calls a “plane underwater”.

Southampton-born Percy, 43, has chosen Belfast – a city with a rich shipbuilding (see: H&W story) and aircraft construction heritage – as the location for the eco-friendly hydrofoil technology.

His consortium – which includes leading manufacturers such as Bombardier UK and universities and local councils in Northern Ireland – is currently vying for a £30 million Government grant to part-fund a £60 million research and development project.

The green-energy ferries will use the same hydrofoil technology that has transformed America’s Cup sailing in the last decade.

For much more Belfast Telegraph reports on this ferry development. 

In addition Afloat previously reported on related story of Artemis Technologies joint venture with Percy to develop the world’s first zero emissions workboat.

Published in Belfast Lough
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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