Environment

Protecting the sea, land and air that surround us

We take our care for the environment seriously with our Green Agenda outlining our wide-ranging initiatives to protect the sea, land and air that surround us. 

Our decision to invest £30 million on Victoria of Wight reflects our commitment to the environment. She is the first hybrid energy ferry in England, setting new standards for cross-Solent travel. By combining battery power with conventional engines to sail between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, she uses 17% less fuel than a conventional ferry of the same size. 

Green Star - Gold Status

We are proud to have been awarded Gold Star Status in Visit Isle of Wight’s Green Star scheme, which recognises businesses that promote the use of sustainable transport.

Victoria of Wight in Solent, Greenstar Gold logo 2019/2020

Our commitments

Our environmental commitments to the sea

To clean water in our ports with marine life by inspecting our quays and shores every day and removing any rubbish.

– Clear plastics and other debris from the sea, rivers and estuaries at our ports using nets 

– Work with partners to install oyster cages and display boards in Lymington 

– Monitor marine creatures living in our innovative Vertipools (artificial rockpools) at Fishbourne, in co-operation with Artecology 

– Educate customers and local school children about the marine environment with our partners at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 

Read about our commitments to the sea

Our environmental commitments to the land

To recycle 50% of waste by the end of 2020.

– Recycle materials as much as possible throughout the business; from offices, ships, workshops and stores, encouraging our customers to do the same 

– Replace plastic cutlery, plates and straws with sustainably-sourced alternatives 

– Offer discounts on hot drinks to customers who use reusable mugs 

– Issue till receipts in cafes only on demand 

– Improve signage for recycling bins to help customers identify the right ones to use 

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Our environmental commitments to the air

To reduce ship and vehicle emissions by 5% by the end of 2020.

– Use hybrid energy on Victoria of Wight and low sulphur marine gas oil on the rest of the fleet as economically as possible to reduce emissions 

– Adopt Portsmouth City Council’s ‘cough cough, engine off’ campaign through signage at our vehicle ports and on our ships to encourage drivers to turn off their engines when stationary 

– Promote the use of electric vehicles to customers and colleagues by providing high-speed EV charging at as many ports as possible 

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Victoria of Wight

Victoria of Wight is our flagship ferry and the biggest in our fleet, capable of carrying up to 178 cars over two decks and over 1,000 people across her spacious lounges.

She is the greenest to serve the Isle of Wight and her hybrid energy system, which works much like a hybrid energy car, allows her to run partly on electricity when required.

Learn about Victoria of Wight