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UPDATED: Red Funnel have been forced to cancel 2 hi-speed Red Jet sailings due to reduced visibility this afternoon (Friday).

Foggy conditions on the Solent mean that the 16:15 from Southampton and the 16:45 from West Cowes have been cancelled.

Island Echo readers are also reporting that the 15:00 vehicle ferry sailing from East Cowes is only just loading, causing traffic gridlock in and around East Cowes.

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A yellow weather warning for fog expired at 13:00 this afternoon but as predicted by forecasters IW Met Service, some patches of fog remain. A secondary warning comes into force at 20:00 tonight which could result in further cross-Solent disruption.

Last night Red Funnel suspended all passenger and vehicle services as a result of the fog. Under a restriction imposed by Cowes Harbour Commission, Red Funnel cannot navigate in the harbour when visibility falls below 370m.

UPDATE @ 16:48 – Red Funnel have confirmed that their East Cowes to Southampton vehicle ferry service is delayed by 90 minutes due to the reduced visibility and an operational defect with the linkspan.

Wightlink are advising of 30 minute delays on their Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry service.

UPDATE @ 18:10 – There are further cancellations on the Red Jet service this evening in order to bring it back to a normal timetabled operation.

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The 19:15 from Southampton and the 19:45 from West Cowes have both been cancelled.

Meanwhile, vehicle ferry services are delayed by up to 2 hours.

UPDATE @ 22:47 – Both the vehicle ferry and Red Jet services have been suspended tonight due to the low visibility.

UPDATE SATURDAY – Red Funnel services have now resumed.

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