UPDATED: FOG FORCES SUSPENSION OF CROSS-SOLENT SERVICES

Foggy conditions on the Solent are causing disruption to ferry services this morning (Wednesday). 

Red Funnel has suspended both their vehicle ferry and Red Jet sailings until further notice, which is causing immediate disruption now and will create a backlog throughout the day.

When dense fog descends, the cross-Solent operator is unable to operate in and out of Cowes Harbour.

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Other services between the Isle of Wight and the mainland are operating at this time but customers should expect delays or cancellations as the morning progresses.

UPDATE @ 08:15 – Red Funnel says that their hi-speed Red Jet service has now resumed from Cowes.

The vehicle ferry service from East Cowes has also resumed, however, delays of up to 1 hour are expected for booked traffic for the rest of the morning.

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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
1 month ago

for years and years red funnel operated perfectly fine in fog – so what has changed – competency or the inability and lack of experience of the harbour authorities to ensure that the lanes are clear.

yacht owners should be advised – you sail in fog, you take responsibility for your own safety – if the boat hits you, your problem

Ivor Biggun
Ivor Biggun
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

What changed was the possible incompetence of one Red Funnel car ferry captain who turned left in the fog one day and ended up with the car ferry stuck on the mudflat in front of East Cowes parade (just inside the breakwater). Despite modern navigational aids that are accurate to within a metre or so, he turned left far to soon and ran down a couple of yachts that were secured to their permanent moorings. As a result, the Cowes Harbour Commission brought in a regulation that defined the minimum visibility distance that the ferry is permitted to enter Cowes harbour. Nothing at all to do with blocked channels or other boats getting in the way. Above comment is like saying if your car was parked at the side of the road and another vehicle hit it, then it is your fault for parking.

Big Ben
Big Ben
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

Your obviously not much of an Isle Of Wighter or you would remember the grounding of a Red Funnel Ferry inside the old East Cowes breakwater when the ferry ran amock in the moorings in thick fog sinking one moored boat and being hard aground until the tide turned and lifted it off many hours later all with a boat load of irate passengers and vehicles.
Since that day the Cowes harbour master has put restrictions in place with restricted visibility. So yes Red Funnel did sail in all conditions but then they messed up big time and now are paying the price for that cockup.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Big Ben
1 month ago

big ben – i remember it well – it was pure incompetence, nothing less.

and as for the snowflake harbour master, it seems to have forgotten that red funnel have operated since 1861 – that is one hundred and sixty years – and how much fog has happened in that time and without incident.

knee jerk reaction by hand wringers, that are so scared of their own shadows, i am surprised they dont risk assess getting out of bed each morning.

Bird table
Bird table
1 month ago

Does seem absurd that due to the breakwater narrowing the entrance to the harbour and the unfortunate grounding the other year they are now not able to sail in fog. It needs addressing as the tail is wagging the dog, in my view.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Bird table
1 month ago

It’s due to restrictions put in place by Cowes Harbour Commission so unfortunately Red Funnel can’t run ferries and Red Jets if visibility is lower than the figure set out by the Commission

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