Foiling ferry company ramps up recruitment

Chief Operations Officer, Artemis Technologies, Professor Mark Gillan Chief Operations Officer, Artemis Technologies, Professor Mark Gillan

Staff numbers at Artemis Technologies, which is leading a Belfast-based consortium to decarbonise maritime, initially with foiling ferries, are expected to almost treble to 70 by the end 2021 and rise to 100 by this time next year.

It is part of a major recruitment drive by the company as it ramps up its programme to develop and build a new class of zero-emission fast ferries in the city, powered by the Artemis eFoiler electric propulsion system.

The £60 million project, backed by UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund is being led by The company’s Chief Operations Officer, Professor Mark Gillan: “We are recruiting for a number of key roles throughout the organisation and 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.”

The Belfast Maritime Consortium brings together a range of established and young firms, academia and public bodies, including: Belfast Harbour, Spirit AeroSystems, Northern Ireland Advanced Composites Engineering (NIACE), Creative Composites, Power NI, Catalyst, Invest Northern Ireland, Ulster University, Belfast Met, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ards and North Down Borough Council, and Belfast City Council.

By Jake Frith

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