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Red Jet 4

Red Jet 4

Vessel specs and features

Welcoming passengers since 2003.

Red Jet 4 was built by North West Bay Ships in Tasmania in 2003, with capacity for 271 seated passengers and up to four crew. 

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Operates Year Round
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  • Turning circle time: 50 seconds (port or starboard)
  • Emergency stop @ 35 knots: 25 seconds, 183 metres
  • Wash control: Fixed interceptors to maintain low-wash characteristics
  • Turning circle time: 50 seconds (port or starboard)
  • Emergency stop @ 35 knots: 25 seconds, 183 metres
  • 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 RFD Ferryman 130 Person 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 and 7 Infant lifejackets
  • MOB Markers: 2 x Pains Wessex Man Overboard 360 smoke/light/float
  • MOB Recovery: 1 x Crewsaver PRD
  • 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 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: 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
  • Survey: UK MCA Class VI
  • Certification: High Speed Craft Safety Certificate, Permit to Operate High Speed Craft, ISM Document of Compliance, ISM Safety Management Certificate
  • Port of Registery: Southampton, United Kingdom

Red Jet 4 Quick Facts

  • Built: 2003 by North West Bay Ships Pty Lyd, Hobart, Tasmania. Yard no. 06
  • Type: 39m Catamaran Ferry
  • Registered No: 906937
  • Service speed: 35 knots @ 85% maximum continuous rating
  • Maximum speed: 38 knots
  • Range: 200 nautical miles (@ service speed)
  • Crew: 1 x Commander, 1 x Chief Officer, 1-2 x Cabin Attendant (max crew 4)
  • Passenger capacity: 271 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


  • 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.
Red Jet 4
Red Jet 4

Navigational Equipment

  • Radar: 2 x Furuno RCU-014 with 2 x FAR2817-BB (6.5ft 12kW X-Band) antennas
  • Gyro Compass: 1 x Simrad GC85 + GC80 Head Unit
  • Magnetic Compass: 1 x C Plaith Venus
  • Echo Sounder: 1 x Furuno FCV581L
  • Log: 1 x Walker 4020
  • VHF: 1 x Sailor 6222 DSC, 1 s Sailor 6248, 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 NaviSailor 4000, RS6B Processor
  • AIS Transponder: 1 x McMurdo Smartfind M5
  • Whistle: Marco 05723
  • Searchlight: Jabsco 255SL
  • Navigation lights: Den Haan DHR 70 Series


  • 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 and dehumidifier unit
  • 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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Fleet FAQs

View frequently asked questions about our fleet. 

Please see our contact page for full details

We have baby changing facilities on all three of our vehicle ferries. For a full list of onboard facilities, go to our fleet page.

All of our vessels cater for disabled customers and have disabled access. All three of our vehicle ferry’s have lift access from the main deck to the passenger lounge which can be requested upon arrival. Customers are not permitted to stay in their vehicle for the duration of the crossing however under extreme circumstances a request can be made to the captain upon arrival. More accessibility information...

Dogs are carried free of charge, please see our pet policy 

E-scooters are prohibited on board all Red Funnel vessels and throughout all terminal areas, both indoor and outdoor. This includes all aspects of e-scooter usage on site and includes the charging, transportation and storage of e-scooters. Those traveling with non-electric (push) scooters via our ferries must dismount and push their scooter at all times. Our policy is in place for the safety of our customers and staff due to fire safety concerns associated with e-scooter batteries, as well as the incidence of both e-scooter and push scooter-related accidents resulting in personal injury. Our policy is consistent with other transport operators and reflects a policy undertaken by ABP (Associated British Ports), which prohibits the use of scooters in any part of their port operations and estates. We thank our customers for understanding that our on-board and terminal areas are unsuitable environments for scooter usage. The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority.

For Vehicle Ferries: 

Visit the Ticket Office at East Cowes or Terminal 1, Southampton or phone us on 023 8001 9192


For Red Jet Passengers: 

Visit the Ticket Office at West Cowes or Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton or call us on 023 8001 9192.

In accordance with the statutory ban on smoking in public areas, Red Funnel enforces a No Smoking policy inside all its terminal areas and inside its vessels. The no smoking policy includes all synthetic/e/electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

The only exception is the designated smoking area on 'A deck' (outside deck) of the Passenger Vehicle Ferries where smoking and vaping is permitted. Customers are requested to always use the cigarette bins provided and never throw cigarette butts into the sea.

Please be advised some sailings may be entirely non-smoking if we are carrying certain goods. You will be advised of this in the onboard safety announcement after you board. 

Customers can travel with electric bikes, however charging electric bikes is strictly prohibited onboard any of our vessels and throughout all our terminals. 

Please click here for Government guidance on the transport of items classified as dangerous by individuals in private vehicles and by foot passengers on board our vessels. If you have any queries, please get in touch with our dedicated Freight team by emailing [email protected] prior to travel.

No, you are not permitted to fly drones from our ferries without prior written permission, and completion of a full risk assessment. If you wish to apply for permission, please contact our Marketing department via email.

Customer Reviews

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Efficient boarding
Thu, Feb 22 2024
1 2 3 4 5
The ferry ran extremely efficiently. Departure and arrival times were punctual. Service was easy to use.
Thu, Feb 22 2024
1 2 3 4 5
The staff are happy which means that they must like the company they work for. Always willing to help and support your needs
Wed, Feb 21 2024