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RED FUNNEL PULL RED EAGLE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN CANCELLATIONS


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.

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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”.

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Richard
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Richard

There needs to be a public enquiry into the way these ferry companies are ran. The way they are treating the island is a disgrace and it’s adding credence to the divisive argument for a fixed link. Does not matter which side of the fence you’re on, we all agree that the ferry companies are destroying this island.

Rog
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Rog

Must be Beer and Buses weekend. Last year the St Clare was pulled resulting in bus people ordering & eating Pizzas at 02.00 Sat morning at gunwharf. Ding ding.

John
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John

“our teams on the ground are working very hard to support our customers with alternative travel options”.
Apart from “Wait another hour or so” what are these “alternative optionS”???

Exam Question
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Exam Question

Um… Anyone else noticed that the photo is wrong?

Phil
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Phil

you mean as it is actually sailing?

fred
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fred

Wrong name on the vessel–A clever disguise to keep it running ??

Martin Stock
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Martin Stock

Its not the Eagle in the picture – her bridge is higher above the upper lounges and the main decks come further forward than those of the Falcon and Osprey

Phil
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Phil

just a bunch of anchors !

Joe Bloggs
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Joe Bloggs

If people don’t like the occasional disruption of services due to ferry breakdowns, they can always go back and live on the mainland and get caught in tailbacks on the motorways due to broken down lorries or accidents.

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