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.
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.
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.
Red Funnel's Red Falcon ship is due to re-launch today after a £2 million refurbishment. There's a new sun deck, lounges and more information screens on board. Internal seating has increased by 55%.
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.
Delays possible on Red Funnel between Southampton and West Cowes due to high winds. Sailings may be delayed or cancelled today.
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.
Disruption on Red Funnel between Southampton and West Cowes due to high volume of traffic. Passengers are leaving Isle of Wight at the end of Cowes Week. In addition, one High-Speed vessel has been taken out of service due to a fuel leak.
As a result, the XX:15 service from West Cowes and XX:45 from Southampton are cancelled.