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Red Funnel confirm that it is bringing fast ferry construction back to the UK - New passenger ferry Red Jet 6 will be built in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight
Red Jet 6 - coming summer 2016

Red Funnel is delighted to confirm that it is bringing fast ferry construction back to the UK with the announcement that its new passenger ferry Red Jet 6 will be built in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

After receiving tenders from shipyards around the world, the company has placed an order for a 40m high-speed catamaran with Shemara Refit LLP for delivery in summer 2016. Costing £6m, Red Jet 6 will be the first vessel of her kind to be built in the UK for 15 years.

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Red Jet 6 Specification

Red Jet 6 will be Red Funnel’s largest and most innovative high-speed vessel yet, offering 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 fuel consumption and protect the environment in line with the company’s ISO 1400:1 accreditation.

The aluminium hull will be similar in design to Red Jet 4’s 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.

In a break with tradition, she will be fitted with four main engines rather than two. Each MTU 2000 series diesel will power a separate MJP 500 waterjet unit. This configuration will help reduce fuel consumption by 11% vs. Red Jet 4 and 30% vs. Red Jet 5, provide high levels of in-service reliability and ensure emissions comply with the IMO Tier II regulations.
Other technical innovations to help reduce fuel consumption include the use of vinyl instead of paint for the superstructure to reduce weight and the application of the latest Teflon hull coatings to minimise drag through the water.

Red Jet 6 will be configured to carry 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. Provision has also been made to carry 22 bicycles.

Fast Facts

Builder: Shemara Refit LLC, Venture Quays, East Cowes, United Kingdom

Type: 40m Catamaran Passenger Ferry

Speed: 38 knots @ 85% maximum continuous rating

Range: 200 nautical miles (@ service speed)

Crew: 1 x Commander; 1 x Mate; 1-2 x Cabin Attendant (max crew 6)

Passenger capacity: 275 seated + 4 wheelchairs

Cycle capacity: 22 (provisioned)

Length (overall): 41.12m; Waterline length (excluding waterjet): 37.94m; Beam moulded: 10.87m

Draught (loaded): 1.30m; Freeboard: 2.50m

Tank capacities: Fuel oil 5,000 litres; Fresh water 1,000 litres; Lube oil 50 litres; Sullage 500 litres; Oil Bilge 400 litres


DNV High Speed Light Craft and Naval Surface Craft July 2014

HSC 2008 MCA with exemptions

MSN-1823 Safety Code for Passenger Ships Operating Solely in UK Categorised Waters – Category D

Port of Registry: Southampton, United Kingdom

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