Future Southampton

📰 Have your say on the new-look Red Jet

Users of Red Funnel’s Red Jet services have until 30 June to send in their suggestions for what features they’d like to see on the company’s brand-new Red Jet 6.
 
The firm, which announced last week that its new high speed passenger ferry will be built in East Cowes, is inviting passengers to have their say on features for the new vessel.
 
Red Jet 6 will be Red Funnel’s largest and most innovative high-speed vessel yet, offering ground-breaking levels of passenger comfort, reliability and safety. She will also be the greenest ship in Red Funnel’s fleet and built at Venture Quays by local company Shemara Refit.
 
Kevin George, CEO of Red Funnel, said: “Red Jet 6 is being built on the Island, for the Island and we want local people, as well as users from Southampton and further afield, to have their say in what’s on board. Our interior designers are set to start work on blueprints for the vessel in July so we’d like to hear from anyone who has any suggestions before then to see if they can be incorporated.”
 
Red Funnel is also planning on working with local schools, colleges and universities to help shape the design and hopes to set them projects linked to the manufacturing of Red Jet 6 over the next 12 months.
 
Red Jet 6 will be configured to carry 275 passengers, who will experience a quiet, spacious and well-lit cabin fitted with leather seats and a sophisticated air-handling system designed to dry, cool or warm the air automatically. A new high bandwidth ship-to-shore Wi-Fi system has been specified which will be free for customers and the latest travel information system will be installed to show connecting services for buses, coaches, trains and flights in real-time. Provision has also been made to carry 22 bicycles.
 
The aluminium hull will be similar in design to Red Jet 4’s but to improve efficiency Red Jet 6 will be slightly longer at 41.12m. The passenger accommodation will be insulated from the hulls to reduce vibration and cabin noise. Like her sisters, Red Jet 6 will use waterjets rather than propellers to aid manoeuvrability and provide impressive stopping power whilst keeping wash to an absolute minimum.
 
In a break with tradition, she will be fitted with four main engines rather than two. Each MTU 2000 series diesel will power a separate MJP 500 waterjet unit. This configuration will help reduce fuel consumption by 11% vs. Red Jet 4 and 30% vs. Red Jet 5, provide high levels of in-service reliability and ensure emissions comply with the IMO Tier II regulations.
 
Other technical innovations to help reduce fuel consumption include the use of vinyl instead of paint for the superstructure to reduce weight and the application of the latest Teflon hull coatings to minimise drag through the water.
 
More information about Red Jet 6 and details of how to submit ideas and suggestions can be found at www.redfunnel.co.uk/redjet6
 
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