Work on a new £6m state-of-the-art catamaran will start on the Isle of Wight this summer - as Red Funnel has announced it's to build the first high-speed vessel of its type in the UK for 15 years. Fifty jobs will be created on the island with the construction of 'Red Jet 6', which will enter service across the Solent next year. Dave Russell reports.
Condor 102 – the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – arrived into the UK this morning, sailing into her UK base of Poole. The ship is the first of her kind in Northern Europe.
Watched by keen on-lookers and escorted by a tug, Condor 102 sailed past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port.
The arrival concludes her long journey from Cebu in the Philippines, from where she departed on 4 December. During her 10,500 nautical mile journey she has sailed across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and via the Mediterranean before travelling up the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.
Condor 102 will now go through a period of customisation in Poole with a full internal fit out completed by interior refurbishment specialists Trimline. She will also complete a series of sea trials in the UK and the Channel Islands before she officially comes into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.
The latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – Condor 102 – will arrive in the UK today, completing her maiden voyage into her new base of Poole.
Escorted by a tug, Condor 102 will sail past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port at approximately 1000.
Her arrival will conclude her 10,500 nautical mile journey from Cebu in the Philippines. The sleek new state-of-the-art 102m trimaran represents £50m of investment in the route to the Channel Islands.
The best vantage point will be from the Sandbanks peninsula, along Poole Harbour or from Baiter Park.
After sea trials, Condor 102 will come into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.
Cross-channel ferry fares could soar by a third in the New Year when the European Union introduces tough new restrictions on maritime pollution.
From next month, ferry operators must use expensive low-emission fuel - or install filtering systems costing millions.
They say the move threatens the future of many routes - and hundreds of jobs. John Ryall reports.
Ferry services to and from the Isle of Wight don't represent value for money, according to the island's MP.
Andrew Turner held a special House of Commons debate last night where he called for a review into Wightlink and Red Funnel services across the Solent. He complained of high ticket prices and a reduced number of crossings.
A survivor of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster has spoken of her anger that rules imposed after the tragedy could be relaxed or even abandoned. The Herald went down en route to Dover in March 1987 with the loss of 193 lives. Lynette Lee said she was appalled that any changes could even be considered. But the Government agency which is proposing the changes says there are now better and more modern safety measures in place as Derek Johnson reports.
She's the equivalent of about 78 in human years, she carried around 30 million passengers and did thousands of cross-channel trips but, as we showed you last week, the Pride of Calais met a somewhat undignified end, being deliberately crashed into the shore at a recycling yard in Turkey.
Now her captain has talked to Meridian about what it was like bringing her days to an end. David Johns reports, speaking to the ship's former Master, Paul Wood.
Where do old ferries go on holiday? They go and get beached in Turkey! This is a famous old cross-channel ferry that clocked up millions of nautical miles going back and forth across the Channel for years.
In her heyday the ferry was called the Pride of Calais and ferried thousands of passengers to and from France for for 22 years. Then in 2012 it became the Spirit of Ostend running services from Ramsgate to the Belgium port.
This footage was filmed in November - but has only just been released on YouTube and has proved very popular with more than 600,000 views. The beach is actually a recycling yard for old ships.
Delays possible on Condor Ferries between Weymouth and Guernsey, between Portsmouth and Guernsey and between Portsmouth and Jersey due to adverse weather conditions. Today's sailings may run to a revised timetable.
A fishing vessel was overturned by the tide and broke free from its moor, blocking The Hard this morning.
Ferry services were disrupted after the floating boat was left blocking the front of the pontoon.
Boats in the harbour had been trying to manoeuvre the vessel out of the way and it was finally cleared this afternoon after a joint effort from Wightlink and the Harbour Master.