The hydrofoil will be built by the Swiss startup ZeroEmission in cooperation with Zenith Marine Services and Dwyn from the United Arab Emirates and will also be operated commercially there, the Dubai Media Office has now announced. Funding of 10 million euros ($11.41 million) required for development and construction has already been secured.
The boat is equipped with wings that lie below the water surface and allow the hull to be lifted far out of the water while driving. This allows for quiet and fuel-efficient travel at speeds that are comparatively high for watercraft. Up to eight passengers can be transported in “The Jet” at up to 40 knots (74 km/h). For comparison: Depending on its size and weight, a conventional cargo ship only manages about 32 kilometers per hour. The hydrofoil is more than twice as fast.
The Jet “flies” over the water at over 70 kph
Two fuel cells provide the power for the drive. Further technical information has not yet been announced. There should be two different sizes of boats. “The Jet” can accommodate six to eight passengers and “The Liner” can accommodate up to 32 passengers. Known for promoting new technologies easily and quickly, Dubai has become a popular destination for clean and renewable energy development. The emirate aims to meet at least three-quarters of its energy needs from clean sources by 2050.
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