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Archived News Release 16-05-2003

New Red Jet is completed ahead of schedule

Cross-Solent ferry operator, Red Funnel’s new high-speed catamaran, Red Jet 4, has been delivered ahead of schedule for intensive sea trials on the Solent.

The new Red Jet arrived in Southampton on Friday May 9, having completed its 57 day journey from Tasmania. Red Jet 4 follows the basic design principles of Red Jet 3, the largest Hi-Speed craft currently in operation, but, at 39.23 metres, will be 5 metres longer. Red Jet 4, designed to carry 277 passengers, will join Red Funnel’s existing fleet of Red Jets.

Alistair Whyte, Managing Director of Red Funnel, comments:
“We awarded North West Bay Ships the contract, as we were impressed with their professionalism and the high standard of workmanship in the yard. We are thrilled that they have delivered a quality vessel on time and within budget.

The build process was highly efficient. As the craft was built in Tasmania, Australia, the time difference meant that project managers had a day’s grace to investigate issues that arose. They could then email answers from the UK in time for work to start the following day. This efficiency has saved both time and money and we would like to congratulate North West Bay on a job well done.”

Steve Quigley, Managing Director of North West Bay Ships, comments:
“We were delighted to win an International tender to build a boat for such a high profile quality operator such as Red Funnel. This has given us an opportunity to break into the Northern Hemisphere market with an excellent product that has already generated a great deal of interest from potential European and American customers.”

Due to enter service on Monday June 23, Red Jet 4 will have an official naming ceremony, led by Ellen MacArthur, on Wednesday June 18 at Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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