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Red Funnel’s ‘Red Kestrel’, a brand new freight ferry for the company’s East Cowes to Southampton route, will hit the water for the first time on Tuesday.

At 74m in length, Red Kestrel will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers at a time.

The ship will be Red Funnel’s first dedicated ro-ro freight ship and will provide additional year-round freight capacity for the cross-Solent operator. The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red Funnel’s existing Raptor class ro-pax ships and she will use the same berths in Southampton and East Cowes.

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It was 12 months ago today that Red Funnel announced that it had placed an order for the £10million vessel with Cammell Laird in Birkenhead near Liverpool.

The Red Funnel team will travel north to see Red Kestrel float for the first time on Tuesday. She is expected to be on the water by 10:00.

Red Kestrel is scheduled to enter service later this year, possibly as early as the Spring.

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