Red Funnel will be operating a reduced service this evening (Thursday), as well as on Friday, due to Red Eagle being taken out of service.
A number of sailings have been cancelled on the East Cowes-Southampton route as a result of technical issues with the Red Eagle car ferry.
The 17:00 & 20:15 sailings from Southampton and the 18:30 & 21:45 sailings from East Cowes have been cancelled tonight.
In addition, the 05:00, 08:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 20:15 from Southampton will not operate tomorrow (Friday), nor will the 06:30, 09:30, 12:30, 15:30, 18:30 and 21:45 sailings from East Cowes.
All effected customers are being contacted accordingly.
A Red Funnel Spokesperson said:
“Following the incident last week (2nd October) where Red Eagle lost one of her two anchors, an internal inspection has now revealed additional damage to the internal gear linkages inside the vessel’s Aft Voith propeller. The extent of the damage requires us to remove Red Eagle from service at this time.
“Our team is reviewing plans for a revised vehicle ferry timetable from Saturday 12th October and will issue another update once we have more information.
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“Our technical team is establishing an ETA to acquire replacement parts and repair Red Eagle, and we will communicate that expected timeline as soon as possible.
“We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this unexpected situation has caused for customers travelling with us today, and we wish to thank everyone for their patience. Safety continues to be our top priority and our teams on the ground are working very hard to support our customers with alternative travel options”.