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. 

Environmental Awards

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.

We are also working towards the Green Tourism Accreditation which recognises the commitment of tourism businesses which are actively working to become more sustainable.

Wightlink's Victoria of Wight ship on the sea approaching the Isle of Wight with a Green Star and Green Tourism Logo overlaid

Our commitments

Our environmental commitments to the sea

– 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

– 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

– 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.

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Partnering with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

We’ve teamed up with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to help showcase the Isle of Wight and its incredible natural environment. We’re encouraging everyone visiting the Island to connect with nature as well as supporting the Trust’s reserves team.

We take our responsibility for the environment seriously and our Green Agenda outlines the wide-ranging initiatives we are taking to protect the sea, land and air in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.