Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Company to build electric seaglider

Company to build electric seaglider

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An artist concept depicting the Seaglider. The gliders are 100 per cent electric and will welcome betweem 50 and 150 passengers for trips between Britain and France within 2028. AFP

Company to build electric seaglider

Brittany Ferries and US start-up Regent plan to develop a high-speed electric seaglider that would skim above the water to take passengers between France and Britain, the French company said on June 16.

The project is based on a craft being developed by Boston-based Regent that could result in “50-150 passenger capacity sailing between the UK and France by 2028”, a statement said.

Regent expects the first commercial passengers to travel on smaller electric craft by 2025, it added.

Seagliders, sometimes called wing-in-ground effect vehicles, benefit from a cushion of “high-pressure air trapped between wings and the ground or water while flying at low altitude”, the ferry company explained.

“Seagliders are therefore akin to a hovercraft with wings, rather than a skirt,” it said.

Capable in theory of flying at up to 290km/h, or six times faster than conventional ferries, the electric-powered craft cut emissions to essentially zero.

A trip from Cherbourg, France, to Portsmouth in England is forecast to take 40 minutes.

Currently, Brittany Ferries advertises high-speed service that takes three hours.

“The craft rises on foils insulating passengers from wave discomfort. In open waters, it takes off, riding the air cushion all the way to its destination,” the statement said.

Brittany Ferries currently operates 12 ships on 14 routes between France, the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Like most travel companies it has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and transported around 750,000 passengers last year, compared with 2.5 million in 2019.


  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four