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Red Jet 6 - coming summer 2016



A Red Jet is born!

Red Funnel's shiny new £6m high-speed vessel will be named Red Jet 6 by HRH The Princess Royal on Monday 4th July in Cowes. The naming ceremony will commence at 11am and can be watched by members of the public from Cowes Parade. The occasion will be marked by a display from the Red Devils parachute team at 13.00 and a Spitfire fly-past at 14.10.

After receiving tenders from shipyards around the world, Red Funnel placed an order for the 41m 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 16 years.

You can follow her progress here and on social media #redjet6



Red Jet 6 Specification

Red Jet 6 is 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.









Red Jet 6 fact sheet

Full specification details, including Machinery, Controls and Interior features can be downloaded here

View spec sheet (pdf)




Build images




Sea trials - June 16




Naming ceremony - July 16




Builder

Shemara Refit LLC
Venture Quays, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Visit Shemara's website




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