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Red Jet Hi-Speed Fleet

Red Jet Fleet

Red Funnel has 3 Red Jet Hi-Speed catamarans deployed in the UK on its cross-Solent ferry route between Southampton & West Cowes on the Isle of Wight. They are all powered by high-speed MTU diesel engines with waterjet propulsion. The vessels speed, manouverability, stopping power and low wash characteristics are all key design attributes for the route.

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  • Route: Southampton T2 <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight
  • Distance: 9.9 nautical miles
  • Crossing time: 25 minutes at 33.5 knots
  • Departures: every 30 minutes during the day & every 60 minutes in the early morning & evening
  • Sailings: 23,700 per annum
  • Miles: 234,630 nautical miles per annum
  • Crew hours: 45,864 per annum
  • Fuel: 4.4 million litres per annum
  • Lube oil: 14,600 litres per annum

Red Funnel Red Jet 3

Red Jet 3

Built for Red Funnel in 1998 by FBM Marine, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Red Funnel Red Jet 4

Red Jet 4

Built for Red Funnel in 2003 by North West Bay Ships Pty Ltd, Tasmania.

Red Jet 5

Red Jet 5

Built by Pequot River Shipworks, USA. Entered Red Funnel service in 2009.

Red Funnel's Red Jet 6

Red Jet 6

Under construction by Shemara Refit, East Cowes, IoW, UK. Due to enter service summer 2016

RedFunnel Address

Contact Centre: For travel, accommodation and enquiries call +44 (0)23 8001 9192

Switchboard: Tel +44 (0)23 8024 8500. Fax +44 (0)23 8024 8501.

Registered in England: 002404, VAT number: GB 902 873131. All Rights Reserved, © 2014 Red Funnel (i-75d4edf8)

Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

It is extremely likely that our Hi Speed service will be disrupted from Saturday 6th February to Monday 8th February due to forecasted winds of 40+ to 50+ knots at Calshot. Our Commanders will be making continuous assessments during this period and updates will be posted on here and our Twitter page @RF_Travel_News.

We advise all supporters travelling to the Southampton FC vs. West Ham United home fixture on Saturday to travel via our vehicle ferry to avoid disappointment. The last vehicle ferry to leave from East Cowes to ensure arrival for kick off is the 15:00 ECSO.


Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

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