Boat builder Artemis Technologies is developing and constructing a new class of zero emission fast ferries in Belfast.
As reported by The Irish News, the company's zero emission fast ferry project is a £60 million programme that is being backed by UK Research and Innovation's flagship "Strength in Places" fund.
The ferries will be powered by Artemis's eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, which combines technology from the America's Cup and F1.
The zero emission fast ferry project is being led by Artemis Technologies chief operations officer Mark Gillan, who The Irish News quotes as saying, "This is an incredibly exciting time for Artemis Technologies, and the wider maritime sector, as we make strides towards a net zero future for the industry, both in the UK and across the globe.
"Operating from Northern Ireland, together with our partners in the Belfast Maritime Consortium, we are working to deliver transformative new technology that will revolutionise maritime transport."
The members of the Belfast Maritime Consortium include Ards & North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Belfast Met, Catalyst, Creative Composites, Invest NI, the NI Advanced Composites Engineering (NIACE), Power NI, Queen’s University, Spirit AeroSystems, and Ulster University.
Recruiting New Employees
Artemis Technologies is expecting to almost treble its employee count to 70 by the end of this year, and expects to have 100 staff members by this time next year, as its ramps up work on its zero emission fast ferry project.
Gillan stated, "We're recruiting for a number of key roles throughout the organisation at http://www.artemistechnologies.co.uk/en/technologies/careers.
"We are particularly interested in hearing from exceptional potential candidates in the fields of flight control and complex systems engineering and electronics, project planning, procurement, electric drive train, naval architecture, and a range of support and administration roles.
"Many of these are jobs that simply did not exist in Northern Ireland a year ago. There is a huge opportunity here to ensure that we, as a region, hold on to our most talented minds while also attracting leading global experts.
"Our programme of works is really capturing people's imaginations, and there is a real sense of pride of being part of something that will change the world, with Northern Ireland at the very heart."
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