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Here comes Red Jet 6 - the greenest vessel in the Red Funnel fleet

Red Jet 6, Red Funnel’s largest ever hi-speed passenger ferry currently under construction in the Isle of Wight, will be named in Cowes at a prestigious ceremony on 4 July and enter service later that month.

The £6m state of the art vessel, being built by Shemara, will be Red Funnel’s largest and most innovative high-speed vessel yet, with ground-breaking levels of passenger comfort, reliability and safety.

She will also be the greenest ship in Red Funnel’s fleet with a host of design features to reduce running costs and protect the environment.

Red Funnel's Red Jet 6
Red Jet 6 under construction in Cowes and (below) how she will eventually look
Red Funnel's Red Jet 6

The aluminium hull will be similar in design to Red Jet 4, but to improve efficiency Red Jet 6 will be slightly longer at 41.12m. The passenger accommodation will be insulated from the hulls to reduce vibration and cabin noise. Like her sisters, Red Jet 6 will use waterjets rather than propellers to aid manoeuvrability and provide impressive stopping power whilst keeping wash to an absolute minimum.

Red Jet 6 has capacity for 275 passengers who 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 new high bandwidth ship-to-shore Wi-Fi system has been specified 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.

Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO, commented, “It is extremely gratifying to see that the build is both on schedule and on budget and the quality of work, particularly the welding is among the best we’ve seen from anywhere in the world. This demonstrates the type of specialist shipbuilding skills which are available on the Isle of Wight and underlines why we chose Shemara Refit LLP to build Red Jet 6.”

Posted on 13th January 2016 at 04:34 pm in Ferry Operators | Red Funnel | Ferry News |

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