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Red Funnel sells Red Jet 5 to Italian ferry operator

Red Funnel has completed the sale of the 186-seat fast ferry, Red Jet 5, to the Italian ferry operator Toremar Regionale Maritima for an undisclosed sum.

The new owners are expected to transport her to Italy on a ship lift in the coming days.

Red Jet 5, a 35m Solent Class catamaran, was built in America in 1999 and entered service with Red Funnel in July 2009. She replaced the 1991 Cowes built Red Jets 1 and 2 which were sold in May 2009 to operators in the Caspian Sea.

Red Funnel is replacing Red Jet 5 with a much larger state-of-the-art new build vessel costing £6m. The new 41m catamaran was built by Shemara Refit in East Cowes and is currently undergoing sea trials and training in the Solent before being named Red Jet 6 on 4 July.

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Red Jet 5 is on its way to Italy

The naming will take place from 11:30 am on Cowes Parade and can be viewed by members of the public. The event includes a skydive by the Red Devils at 1pm and a fly-past by an iconic Spitfire just after 2pm. Red Jet 6 is due to enter service on Red Funnel’s route between Southampton and West Cowes in mid-July.

Posted on 27th June 2016 at 11:14 am in Ferry Operators | Red Funnel | Ferry News |

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