The world’s oceans are set to witness a groundbreaking transformation with the introduction of the Candela P-12, the world’s first flying hydrofoil passenger ship. This revolutionary vessel recently completed its “test flight” in Sweden and is poised for serial production at a facility near Stockholm, marking a significant leap forward in electric maritime technology.
Crafted by the innovative minds at Swedish tech company Candela Technology AB, the Candela P-12 boasts an impressive top speed of 30 knots, setting a record for electric passenger vessels. At the heart of its remarkable performance lies a sophisticated hydrofoil system—wing-like structures mounted on struts beneath the hull. These hydrofoils elevate the vessel above the water, dramatically reducing drag and enhancing speed. The result is not only an unprecedented pace but also remarkable energy efficiency, with the P-12 utilizing 80 percent less energy than conventional ships when cruising at high speeds.
To ensure a smooth and stable journey, the hydrofoils are equipped with sensors and a computer system that continuously assess wave height and wind speed, adjusting the vessel’s position accordingly. This technological prowess translates to an astonishing 90 percent reduction in g-force experienced by passengers, even in challenging weather conditions.
The Candela P-12 comes in two versions—the Shuttle model, accommodating up to 30 passengers along with bicycles and pushchairs, and the Business version, featuring a luxurious interior for 12 to 20 passengers with ample space for luggage. The Shuttle model is priced at €1.7 million, comparable to traditional combustion engine boats but substantially more affordable than other renewable options.
Gustav Hasselskog, CEO of Candela Technology, envisions the P-12 as a versatile platform catering to diverse clients, from public transport fleets to VIP services and private customers. The company aims to revolutionize water travel and make a substantial impact on reducing carbon emissions associated with maritime transport. With global carbon emissions from maritime activities projected to rise, the Candela P-12 marks a crucial step towards a more sustainable and efficient future for water transportation.