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Red Jetter Day! Another high speed craft for Red Funnel on way

Red Funnel has today placed an order with the Wight Shipyard in East Cowes for another high-speed Red Jet catamaran, underpinning the new owner’s commitment to its Southampton-West Cowes route.

The order for the 41-metre Red Jet 7 marks the first major investment in Red Funnel by the consortium of UK and Canadian pension funds which acquired the cross-Solent ferry operator in July 2017.

Red Jet 7 will be a sister ship to the highly successful Red Jet 6 which was built by Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight in 2016, rekindling the construction of fast-ferries in the UK and on the Isle of Wight after a gap of 16 years.

Delivered on time and on budget, Red Jet 6 helped Wight Shipyard secure more vessel refit contracts and two new fast-ferry orders from London-based MBNA Thames Clippers, the last of which was delivered this summer.

Red Jet 7
Kevin George, Red Funnel CEO, and Peter Morton, Wight Shipyard CEO, with the Wight Shipyard workforce who are to build Red Jet 7 (below)
Red Jet 7
Kevin George, Red Funnel CEO: commented “The order represents a £7m investment in the local economy and will secure a wide range of skilled jobs in East Cowes and in the local supply chain. I am delighted that our new investors are showing, at such an early stage, their commitment to the future of Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight and local businesses.

“Red Jet 7 will be virtually identical to Red Jet 6 which has proved to be efficient, comfortable and popular with our customers. Once Red Jet 7 joins the fleet next summer we will have three large modern Red Jets each capable of carrying 277 passengers in comfort in all weather conditions. The introduction of Red Jet 7 will represent a further 51 per cent increase in capacity for the Red Jet service”.

Peter Morton, Managing Director of Wight Shipyard, said “There can be no better endorsement than a customer placing a repeat order and I would particularly like to thank Red Funnel for their belief in our product and the quality of our work on the Isle of Wight.”

Like her sister, Red Jet 7 will offer ground breaking levels of reliability, safety and passenger comfort with the accommodation insulated from the hulls to reduce vibration and cabin noise.

Customers will experience a quiet, spacious and well-lit cabin fitted with leather seats and a sophisticated air-handling system designed to dry, cool or warm the air automatically.

A high bandwidth ship-to-shore Wi-Fi system will be installed which will be free for customers and the latest travel information system will be installed to show connecting services for buses, coaches, trains and flights in real-time. Other features include USB charging-points, LED coloured lighting and a toilet.

Red Jet 7 will be one of the greenest ships in Red Funnel’s fleet with a host of design features to reduce fuel consumption and protect the environment in line with the company’s ISO 14001 accreditation.

Posted on 22nd August 2017 at 05:42 pm in Ferry Operators | Red Funnel | Ferry News |

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