Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel has placed a £10 million order for a new ro-ro freight ferry from UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird.
The new ship will to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.
At 74m in length, the new ship will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers.
The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red Funnel’s existing Raptor class ro-pax ships and she will use the same berths in Southampton and East Cowes.
The ship will be constructed at Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead and is scheduled for delivery in spring 2019.
Kevin George, Chairman and CEO of Red Funnel, said: “We are the number one operator for cross-Solent freight and this new ship will provide more early morning capacity on weekdays and more freight-only sailings between October and March each year.”
Red Funnel has now invested more than £20 million in its cross-Solent services since the business was acquired by the consortium of UK and Canadian pension funds in July 2017.
Posted on: February 14th 2018