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Vessev announces new partnership with Fullers360

7 Dec 2022

Today we announced a new partnership with Auckland-based tourism and transport operator Fullers360, to bring our first premium 10-seater zero-emission hydrofoiling VS—9 vessel to the Hauraki Gulf from September 2023. A collaboration demonstrating a significant milestone in Fullers360’s decarbonisation journey and marks a new era in high-end tourism for New Zealand.

Designed to deliver high-value sustainable tourism experiences to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, the partnership will see Fullers360 become the first operator to commercialise a vessel of this kind globally.

The VS—9 vessel provides travel like Kiwis have never seen before. Customers will be able to glide across the Hauraki Gulf with quiet electric engines in pure comfort while enjoying the beauty of the marine environment. Intimate groups who board the VS—9 vessel will immediately feel a sense of premium travel as they cruise to their destination.

The VS—9 will be nine metres in length, seat up to 10 passengers, and be able to reach a top speed of 30 knots (around 55 km) per hour. Construction of the first VS—9 vessel is already underway and it will be available to book from September 2023 onwards, in time for next summer.

Editors note November 2023:

The build and testing phase for the hydrofoiling VS—9 vessel is almost complete. Initially a launch date of December 2023 was anticipated, this has now been extended to enable sufficient testing. It will be available to book through Fullers360 from September 2024 onwards, through the summer season.