Artemis Technologies opens new manufacturing facility
ARTEMIS Technologies has opened a new facility on Belfast Lough ahead of it beginning testing on its transformative new Artemis eFoiler electric propulsion system.
The 42,200 sq ft facility in Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park will house the company’s manufacturing and engineering teams as it brings to market a range of green technologies and vessels including work-boats, passenger ferries, leisure craft, as well as crew transfer vessels for the offshore wind sector.
The first test vessel to be powered by Artemis’ revolutionary eFoiler electric propulsion system, an 11-metre workboat, is expected to take to the water in a matter of weeks.
Artemis Technologies commercial director David Tyler said: “It’s incredibly exciting to move into our new facility right in the heart of the Titanic Quarter and next to several of our Belfast Maritime Consortium partners.
“It is an important step in our mission to help deliver a sustainable maritime future and brings us closer to returning commercial shipbuilding to Belfast, which was one of the key drivers behind our decision to locate in Northern Ireland.”
The firm's technical director Romain Ingouf added: “The Queen’s Island facility will allow us to turn our prototyping activities into a production line for the Artemis eFoiler propulsion system.
“We currently have two vessels here - our first Artemis eFoiler propelled prototype as well as an 11m sister ship, enabling us to bench mark our green propulsion system against a conventional gasoline propelled vessel.”
Established in 2017, Artemis Technologies is the lead partner of the Belfast Maritime Consortium, a 13-member syndicate which has brought together a range of established and young firms, academia and public bodies to design and build zero-emission high-speed ferries in the city.
The consortium was awarded £33 million by UKRI’s flagship Strength in Places Fund for the £60m project.