Red Jet 7, Red Funnel’s new high-speed passenger ferry which is under construction by Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight is due to enter the water for the first time at the end of May.
The ferry operator said that work on the £7M (US$9.5M) vessel is well on track, with the passenger accommodation already mounted on the two hulls and the specialist job of installing the four engines, generators and waterjets is almost complete. The bridge is also taking shape with most of the electronic equipment, control systems and touch screens now in situ and ready for testing. A specialist Isle of Wight-based contractor is also about to start vinyl wrapping the superstructure in Red Funnel’s Red Jet livery, which was revealed for the first time on Red Jet 6.
Once in the water, Red Jet 7 will remain alongside at Wight Shipyard Co during the commissioning of equipment and systems. Sea trials and crew training are scheduled to commence towards the end of June and it will be named the following month.
Red Jet 7 follows sister ship Red Jet 6 and will be one of the greenest ships in Red Funnel’s fleet with design features to reduce running costs and protect the environment in line with the company’s ISO 14001:2015 accreditation.