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Wightlink’s new flagship Victoria of Wight takes to the water

To the cheers of Wightlink staff and hundreds of shipyard workers, Wightlink’s new environmentally friendly ferry Victoria of Wight glided down the slipway at the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey, on Wednesday (7 February).

The vessel is set to become the company’s flagship on the Portsmouth - Fishbourne route in the summer.

Victoria of Wight

Project Director John Burrows said: “The launch marked a significant milestone for Wightlink in our £45m investment in future services. Our new flagship is now afloat and we look forward to welcoming her to the Solent.”

Construction on Victoria of Wight began in November 2016 and workers will complete fitting her out over the next few weeks before the ship travels to home waters.

Victoria of Wight will be seen around the Solent this summer as crew are trained to operate her before she enters service.

Wightlink’s investment programme started with work to extend the upper car deck of Wightlink’s current flagship St Clare to increase her capacity.

Double deck boarding ramps were built and installed at both Portsmouth and Fishbourne car ferry terminals to allow vehicles to be loaded on two levels at the same time. This immediately reduced delays and improved punctuality.

The arrival of Victoria of Wight completes the project.

Posted on 9th February 2018 at 03:58 pm in Ferry Operators | Wightlink | Ferry News |

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