A major UK ferry operator has once again called on the expertise of Wight Shipyard Co (WSC) to service one of its Wight built flagships.
Red Jet 7 was built in East Cowes by WSC in 2018 and represents a GB£7m investment by Red Funnel in upgrading its Southampton-West Cowes route.
"It's fitting that we get to service Red Jet 7 which we had the privilege to build," said Jo Daly, COO, WSC.
Red Jet 7’s annual service is required by Flag State requirements and the opportunity is also used to undertake planned maintenance and carefully selected upgrades.
The scope of work carried out on Red Jet 7 includes an annual service of the navigation systems amongst other thing including an overhaul of the vessel’s waterjets, a survey of the lifting equipment and AC and dehumidifier servicing. An annual survey and service of the firefighting equipment and life rafts was also carried out in accordance with the latest IMO and SOLAS regulations.
The refit was carried out at Hythe Shipyard and was completed in February 2021.
Red Jet 7 is the greenest Red Jet in the fleet - four tonnes lighter than her sister, Red Jet 6, which aids manoeuvrability, improves fuel consumption and further reduces emissions and wash. The vessel meets tough MARPOL IMO Tier ll engine emission standards and uses vinyl instead of paint saving weight and reduce the environmental impact from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
By Rebecca Jeffrey