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Red Jet 4 Specification

Red Jet 4 Specification

The contract was placed with North West Bay Ships in Tasmania in May 2002, construction began in July and sea trials took place in Hobart during March 2003. She arrived in Southampton aboard MV Egmondgracht on the 9 May and was named 'Red Jet 4' by Ellen MacArthur in Cowes on Wed 18 June, entering service between Southampton & West Cowes on Mon 23 June 2003.

  • Built: 2003 by North West Bay Ships Pty Lyd, Hobart, Tasmania. Yard no. 06 
  • Type: 39m Catamaran Ferry
  • Registered No: 906937
  • Service speed: 38 knots @ 85% maximum continuous rating
  • Maximum speed: 42 knots
  • 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 + 2 wheelchairs
  • Length (overall): 39.88m, Waterline length (excl waterjet): 35.84m, Beam moulded: 10.82m
  • Draught (loaded): 1.26m, Freeboard: 2.20m
  • Gross tonnage: 342 tonnes, Net tonnage: 120 tonnes
  • Deadweight: 42.26 tonnes, Displacement (lightship): 90.74 tonnes
  • Tank capacities: Fuel oil 5,600 litres, Fresh water 500 litres, Lube oil 220 litres, Hydraulic oil 530 litres, Sullage 500 litres, Oil Bilge 200 litres

Navigational Equipment

  • Radar: 2 x Racal Decca Bridgemaster E series X Band 181/6M/FS true motion radars with clutter reduction (1 x high-speed scanner & screen)
  • Gyro Compass: 1 x Anschutz Gyrostar II
  • Magnetic Compass: 1 x C Plaith Venus
  • Echo Sounder: 1 x Furuno FCV581L
  • Log: 1 x Walker 4020
  • VHF: 2 x Sailor RT4822 VHF DSC, 3 x Simrad Axis 50 handheld sets
  • SART's: 2 x Jotron Tronsart 9 Ghz (30 nm range)
  • GPS: 1 x Simrad GN33 SDGPS Navigator
  • Chart: 1 x Transas Navi Sailor 3000 electronic chart plotter
  • AIS Transponder: McMurdo M-2
  • Whistle: Marco 05723
  • Searchlight: Jabsco 255SL
  • Navigation lights: Den Haan DHR 70 Series


  • Main engines: 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M70 4 stroke direct injection liquid cooled turbocharged intercooled diesels each developing 1,740 kW at 2,000 rpm. MTU supplied MCS 5 II electronic engine control and monitoring system.  Colpro exhaust gas system fitted to each engine's exhaust at point of discharge
  • Propulsion: 2 x MJP 650R-DD waterjets
  • Gearboxes: 2 x ZF 4650 gearboxes, rigidly connected to each engine using a Geislinger composite coupling via a disengaging clutch.
  • Steering: Vector control of thrust and steering of both waterjets
  • Generators: 2 x 4cyl Perkins Sabre 4TGM turbo charged diesel sets each connected to a Stamford Newage UC274D alternator rated at 415 kW/240vac 50Hz 3 Phase + neutral system, 77.5kVA/62kW @ 0.8pf.


  • Turning circle time: 50 seconds (port or starboard)
  • Emergency stop @ 35 knots: 25 seconds, 183 metres
  • Wash control: Deployable interceptors to maintain low-wash characteristics
  • Public Address System: 1 x TOA V1000 Series
  • Video: Safety video presentation with subtitles
  • CCTV: Remote engine room monitoring & passenger accommodation
  • Anchoring: 1 x Bruce 142kg Super High Holding Power anchor
  • Liferafts: 3 x Liferaft Australia 128 Person Open Reversible, 1 x RFD Ferryman 65 Person Reversible
    Lifejackets: 295 x Cosalt Premier COSALT approved for persons weighing > 32kg & 28 Cosalt Premier SOLAS approved for persons weighing < 32kg
  • MOB Markers: 2 x Pains Wessex Man Overboard 360 smoke/light/float
  • MOB Recovery: 1 x Jasons Cradle
  • Lifebuoys: 5 x SOLAS approved, comprising: 2 x 30m Buoyant Line, 2 x 4.5kg Bridge Wind for MOB, 1 x Self-igniting light
  • Flares: 12 x Paines Wessex Mk3 Red Parachute
  • Line throwing apparatus: 2 x Paines Wessex Speedline 250
  • Fire detection: Servoteknikk C4
  • Fire Pumps: 2 x Regent 40-195-T21B
  • Fire Extinguishers: Chubb Marine CO² Drench System, 3 x 9 litre AFFF, 2 x 6 kg Dry Powder, 5 x 5kg CO²
  • Portable Pump: 1 x Grundfos AP-12-40-04 Submersible Bilge Pump
  • Cathodic Protection: MG Duffs' sacrificial zinc anodes
  • Classification: DnV + 1A1 HSLC R4 (GBR) Passenger E0
  • Survey: UK MCA Class VI
  • Certification: Dynamically Supported Craft Safety Certificate, Permit to Operate High Speed Craft, ISM Document of Compliance, ISM Safety Management Certificate
  • Port of Registery: Southampton, United Kingdom


  • Cabin: Separated from hulls by anti-vibration mountings designed to reduce noise and vibration
  • Seats: Beauterix Ocean Tourist high back seats with cup holders & seat pockets
  • Ventilation: 5 x 14kW Daikin FHYC71 reverse cycle air conditioning units
  • Windows: Tinted with blown air demisting (electrically heated on bridge)
  • CCTV: 8 x cameras + recording
  • Screens: 5 x LCD Flat panel displays
  • Multimedia: 1 x Navahoe MediaCat
  • Refreshments: Hot & cold drinks service
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Red Jet 4

Exhaust Emissions

The MTU series 4000 main engines in Red Jet 4 comply with the exhaust gas emission limits set by IMO, EPA Tier 2 and CCNR II. Red Jet 4 is also fitted with a Colpro exhaust gas system which injects sea water (used to cool the main engines) into the exhaust gas at the point of overboard discharge. Not only does this cool the exhaust gas, it further reduces emissions and noise levels.

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Interceptors explained

Red Jet 4 is fitted with 2 interceptors, their function is to lift the aft section of the hull at speed to reduce the wash formation and improve passenger comfort. They are vertical blades fitted to each transom that once deployed, create a pressure force to raise the hull.

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