About

Ethical Travel

Engaging Experience

To move people across the world sustainably with pure intention, offering a truly wholesome experience.

The Project

VoyageVert is a sailing, passenger ferry service.

We are offering environmentally sustainable transport options that cross oceans.

Tickets are now available to, and from destinations all around the world.  As we sail the seas, you can join us or leave us at any scheduled port.

The European leg visits the UK, France, Spain and Portugal.  For an all-around-the-world experience, our Antipodean route takes in the Cape Verde Islands, Cape Town, the Kerguelen Islands, Melbourne, Auckland, Easter Island, Punta Arenas and Rio de Janeiro.  Finally, one of the busiest transoceanic passenger routes, UK to Boston, America.

Twelve passenger berths are available for any one route, with plans to expand capacity to 150 passengers, with a purpose-built passenger ferry.

Your booking helps us show investors that demand for this kind of service is out there.  Your booking helps us get closer to building the concept yacht, adding more routes and a greater passenger capacity which will mean lower, more affordable ticket prices.  By making your booking, you are supporting research and development into sustainable travel.

Our Vision

Imagine modern, high-tech sailing ships, quietly and sustainably traversing the oceans, taking voyagers from A to B.  Imagine a society where it’s as commonplace to book a sailboat as it is a plane or a train.  Imagine feeling like you have the time and space to travel slowly – arriving at your destination refreshed and energised.  Sailing into the harbour of a new country, rather than arriving at the familiar, baggage collection area.

VoyageVert offer a meaningful experience of ecologically sustainable travel. We have a professional and experienced crew who will provide a safe on-board environment attentive to your needs. Our promise is to provide you with an accessible connection with the natural oceanic environment and offer quality ethical food while at sea.

When you are onboard with VoyageVert you will have the freedom to spend your time as you choose or participate as an ‘active-passenger’ in a social on-board community.  Talks, workshops, games, spaces for exercise and reflection are all part of the programme.

It promises to be an unforgettable and adventurous growth experience.

Advisors

Dr Mark Todman

I specialise in sourcing Business Support roles including Accounting & Finance, IT, HR, Procurement & Supply Chain Management, Health & Safety, Business Development, Sales, Bid Management and Legal.

Dr Ulrich Jurgens

Master mariner, marine surveyor, MNI, MIIMS

I have worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years and sailed as master on German, Dutch and UK flagged vessels. I hold a diploma in marine surveying, have a German law degree, and both an LLM and a PhD in maritime law from the University of Southampton. I am also a trained mediator.

Dr Ben Keitch

Sailor, Explorer, Acrobat, Festival Director and Quantum Physicist.

Philip Humphrey

Globe Trotter, Sailor, Adventurer and Norfolk NHS Central Finance, General Manager

Mike Brown

Environmental Scientist, hydrogen and fuel cell technology developer, project manager, photographer, outdoor adventure enthusiast and sailor.

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Mike Brown

Environmental Scientist and more...

With over 20 years of successful project delivery in Australasia, Europe and Central America I have a unique perspective on cross cultural interactions. What gets me out of bed in the morning is seeing people, communities and organisations reach their full potential by applying systems thinking and transformational problem solving. My specific focus at VoyageVert relates to zero emissions auxiliary propulsion research, development and implementation.

The Team

Ross Porter

Founding Director

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Ross Porter

Founding Director

Power and Sail Yacht Delivery Captain, Search and Rescue Skipper, Marine Engineer, Gas Turbine Engineer, Festival Manager. Solution focused, environmental protection advocate.



Captain

  • MCA Master 200gt Power and Sail
  • C.O.C. Master S.A.R. NZ Coastguard
  • 36,000+ nm Blue water miles as Captain and 1st Mate

Marine Engineer

  • 12 years Marine Engineer
  • 8 years Mechanical Engineer20,000+nm in the engine room

Thomas Beale

Business Director

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Thomas Beale

Business Director

I have been working to support social enterprise and community led change in various ways for several decades and as a freelance consultant in Bristol since 2010. At the heart of my work is supporting people to match their values and aspirations for social change with a business and financial strategy that supports rather than compromises their aspirations. My work over the past few years includes:

  • Founding director of Bristol Energy Cooperative, one of the UKs largest community energy companies
  • Finance Manager for CEPRO, developing electrical microgrids and community owned renewable energy
  • Business Strategy and Finance for Connolly and Callaghan Ltd, supporting emergency homeless accommodation and ecobuild housing developments
  • Finance Director for Coexist CIC, running a large independent community hub in central Bristol
  • Associate with Ecomotive, supporting self build and community-led housing.

Emma Brice

Emma
Brice

Marketing

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Emma Brice

Marketing

For a long time I’ve felt enticed by an open ocean, a true sea adventure. One that offers a new perspective of earth.  With long-haul flight becoming even more accessible and the burden of fast-paced modern-living taking its toll, I want to help in the creation of a solution that is sustainable as well as an incredible opportunity for people to open their horizons (sorry). I want to help change the way people think about travel.

  • Communications Manager, Boat Building Academy

  • New Media Officer, Young People’s Trust for the Environment
  • BA Cultural Studies, Bath Spa University
  • Traveller, wwoofer, amateur veg grower

Liz
Verde

Branding / Graphics

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Liz Verde

Branding / Graphics

I’ve been a Graphic Designer for over 10 years. Combining my love of good, visually communicative and clear design with my love of the environment and particularly the oceans, is a dream come true!

Karl Griffiths

Karl Griffiths

Bookkeeper

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Karl Griffiths

Bookkeeper

Karl is a accountant (ACMA). He studied accountancy whilst working for local government in a variety of roles, environment, housing, schools and corporate finance. Somewhat spreadsheet competent he has worked in local government since 2007. “I’m excited to be involved in ethical transport, and an unusual experience to live and travel by sea.”