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Wi-fi for cross-Solent Red Funnel passengers

Wi-fi for Red Funnel customers Credit: ITV

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries has rolled out a new high capacity wi-fi service across all its vessels and terminals in time for the peak summer season.

In addition to Red Funnel’s passenger vehicle ferries, customers using the Red Jet Hi-Speed fleet, which serves the company’s Southampton-West Cowes route at speeds of between 36-40 knots, will be offered free wi-fi for the first time.

Red Funnel was the first cross-Solent operator to introduce wi-fi for customers more than seven years ago.


Anchors away for pupils who learnt to sail superyacht

Pupils from the Isle of Wight had the chance to sail their way around the world using a ship simulator thanks to Red Funnel.

A group of year 8 pupils from Sandown Bay Academy visited Warsash Maritime Academy last week to try their hands at sailing a container ship and superyacht using the Academy’s simulator.

The team of schoolchildren were chosen after they were awarded the Most Innovative Project prize in a regional competition called My School is an Island.

Pupils from Sandown Bay Academy simulate steering a ship into Sydney Harbour.

Their winning project, which focused on using renewable energy and low-carbon transportation, was assisted by of chief officers Matthew Parker and Jodi Le Breton.

It was a privilege to work with such an enthusiastic team of young people and I enjoyed sharing with them what makes working at sea such an interesting and varied career.

I’m delighted that several of the pupils are interested in pursuing a career in the Merchant Navy, and spending the day at Warsash Maritime Academy provided them with a valuable insight into the range of opportunities available to them.

– Matthew Parker

Ferry crashes into yacht

A ferry travelling from the Isle of Wight has crashed into a yacht.

Red Funnel Ferries has confirmed that it’s Hi-Speed craft Red Jet 4 was involved in an incident whilst leaving it’s berth in West Cowes for the 16:15 sailing to Southampton.

There were passengers onboard the vessel at the time but there were no injuries.

The vessel immediately returned to the West Cowes Terminal and all passengers disembarked safely at the Terminal.

Red Funnel and Cowes Harbour Commissioners are now conducting a full a investigation into the incident.


TRAVEL - FERRIES: RED FUNNEL - Advance warning of busy period during Bestival Festival

Delays are possible on Red Funnel between Southampton & East Cowes, and between Southampton & West Cowes due to high volume of passengers. Delays are likely on Friday 7th September because of passengers heading to the Isle of Wight for the Bestival music festival.

The Hi-Speed service between Southampton and West Cowes is currently operating a shuttle service.