GREATER use of hybrid technology is important in tackling the causes of climate change, UK Chamber of Shipping Bob Sanguinetti says.

Mr Sanguinetti just toured the Wightlink business at Portsmouth, England, and took a look at the company’s hybrid vessel Victoria of Wight.

The ship uses a hybrid energy system, which works much like a hybrid energy car, allowing it to run partly on electricity.

At the time of launching Victoria of Wight reportedly used 17% less fuel than the next largest ship on the route.

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“At the UK Chamber of Shipping we are determined to do all we can to help tackle climate change,” Mr Sanguinetti said.

“I wanted to see for myself how this great ship was doing its bit to reduce carbon emissions.

“If shipping is to tackle climate change, we need to see greater use of hybrid technology and I want to see more hybrid ferries being developed and used across the UK and the wider world.”

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said they were proud to have England’s first hybrid energy ferry in their fleet.

“Victoria of Wight is key to our commitment to reduce emissions but also gives our customers a quieter and more comfortable journey across the Solent,” Mr Greenfield said.

“We are delighted with our new flagship and she is already proving popular with islanders and visitors to the Isle of Wight.”

The UK Chamber of Shipping has called for a new “green Industrial Revolution” to take advantage of the move to a cleaner, greener economy.

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