We are building the future of ocean transport

ARGO

a hydrogen-powered hydrofoiling cargo ship that will replace air freight

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160
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Capacity
40
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Cruise Speed
50
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cheaper than air freight

Filling the gap between air freight and sea freight

ARGO is half the price of air freight, and only slightly slower. ARGO travels at twice the speed of conventional containerships as well as operating direct routings to reduce transit times to be competitive with air freight.
ARGO Ship Render

See how ARGO compares to Air Freight and Sea Freight

Key Routes Comparisons
Transit time
Air Freight
ARGO
Sea freight
Cost ($/teu)
CO2 (kg)
4 days
5 days
12 days
210 kg
$536
$8,600
0kg
$17,250
5,250 kg
Transit time
Air Freight
ARGO
Sea freight
Cost ($/teu)
CO2 (kg)
4 days
5 days
11 days
133 kg
$600
$4,500
0kg
$9,000
3,331 kg
Transit time
Air Freight
ARGO
Sea freight
Cost ($/teu)
CO2 (kg)
4 days
5 days
13 days
207 kg
$727
$5,025
0kg
$10,050
5,181 kg
Values based on a 7,500kg shipment
ARGO loading render

Replacing airfreight, a major emitter of CO2

Airfreight emissions count for 0.5% of global emissions, and this is only going to grow to 6-13% by 2050. Zero emissions freighter aircraft are at least a decade away. ARGO ships have zero emissions from operations, and can make a real impact, fast.

Goods delivered fast

ARGO’s smaller size enables it to dock in a multitude of small ports, unlocking priority fast clearance times. It can also be fully unloaded and loaded in under 3 hours, not 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Surely it’s impossible to lift a container ship onto foils?
Yes, lifting a standard 10,000 TEU container ship onto foils would be quite difficult. ARGO however has been designed from the water up to be a foiling craft and carries much less weight compared to conventional buoyant type ships.
How will ARGO dock?
ARGO will dock in standard container terminals. Its draught will be considerably less than conventional containerships. Also, by being far smaller than conventional container ships, it is able to dock in many smaller regional ports.
What about waves?
ARGO, being a hydrofoil vessel, has the ability to simply pass over the top of most wave environments, with the masts effortlessly slicing through the water. As the waves get larger in height in deep water locations, so also does the wavelength, allowing ARGO to contour up and down the reasonably flat waves. In extreme storm environments, ARGO would reduce speed and proceed in hullborne operation.
How will it navigate submerged debris?
ARGO is equipped with forward scanning SONAR and RADAR, and a computerized object detection and avoidance system that can detect submerged objects as small as 10cm at a range of 1000m. Additionally, ARGO’s foils have a relatively small frontal area which greatly reduces the probability of debris impact. Lastly, in the event of a collision, ARGO’s foils are made of an impact resistant variant of carbon fiber composite, in addition to being incredibly strong to begin with. The combination of low risk, detection and avoidance and high toughness means that submerged debris is a only a minor and manageable issue for ARGO.
Where will you get the hydrogen to fuel your vessels?
The green hydrogen economy is rapidly growing, and adding more demand to that market will only make it grow faster. We are confident that there will be ample green hydrogen available in the ports where we operate.
Large hydrofoil ships existed in the past, but were ultimately not a success. Why will ARGO succeed?
The peak of commercial hydrofoil operations was during the 1970s when among others, the US navy had a fleet of 6 foiling torpedo boats (The Pegasus class). Since then, there have been massive leaps forward in materials technology and fluid dynamics modelling, meaning ARGO will be far more efficient that the foiling craft of the 70s.
Express your interest in ARGO
We are currently taking expressions of interest for future ARGO freight operations. If you think this service would be of interest to you, please contact us to learn more.
Edward Kearney
CEO

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