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Technical issues with Red Funnel’s Red Jet 7 continue to cause disruption to the hi-speed service between West Cowes and Southampton this morning (Tuesday).

Last night it was announced that Red Jet 7 would re-enter service today on just 3 engines, meaning a 2-boat service will be in operation where possible.

However, the 08:15 and 09:15 sailings from Southampton and the 08:45 and 09:45 sailings from West Cowes have been cancelled this morning, alongside the 18:15 and 19:15 sailings from Southampton and the 18:45 and 19:45 sailings from West Cowes tonight.

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It has been confirmed that an exhaust bellow has prematurely failed – a vital part of the engine exhaust system. Engineers are working to resolve the situation and get Red Jet 7 back to full service.

Red Funnel has also confirmed that yesterday’s service was further disrupted as Red Jet 6 was running on just 3 engines, resulting in a longer journey time of 30 minutes.

Red Jet 4 is out of service for annual maintenance.

A spokesperson for Red Funnel has said:

“We would once again wish to apologise to everyone sailing with us today for the inconvenience this unexpected situation has caused. We feel your frustration.

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“Our teams on the ground are working really hard to get everyone where they need to be and we will keep you posted”.


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Good work red fun, considering there’re just giant jet ski engines I think they are very reliable. If you’ve ever had a jet ski you’d know what I mean.


Should get the people that fix the red jet to fix the chain ferry would get it done faster

Old bean

Least red funnel try and keep going better than other ferry company I was down at Yarmouth Sunday 3 o’clock boat from Yarmouth was cancelled when 4 o’clock boat came it was if you know staff you got on disgraceful attitude

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