UPDATED: RED JET SERVICE SUSPENDED AS SECOND BOAT HIT BY TECHNICAL ISSUES

Red Funnel has been forced to suspend its hi-speed service between West Cowes and Southampton as both Red Jet 6 and Red Jet 7 have been hit by technical issues.

As previously reported by Island Echo, Red Jet 7 has suffered an engine breakdown this week forcing the vessel to be pulled from service. A low fuel pressure alert was discovered on the outer main engine, which was then fixed. However, just hours later the fault returned and the vessel has been moored up since.

Now, Red Jet 6 has also developed an unknown fault with has led to customers being advised to travel on the vehicle ferry service to East Cowes instead.

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Island Echo is told that a sign has been erected at Southampton advising passengers that the service has been suspended until further notice.

It’s unclear why Red Jet 4 – which is moored up in Southampton – is not able to run a 1-boat service.

UPDATE @ 13:42 – Red Funnel has released a statement regarding the suspension revealing that a ‘pinhole fracture’ has been discovered in the hull of Red Jet 6.

A spokesperson said:

“This morning we identified a pinhole fracture in the hull on the starboard side of Red Jet 6. In accordance with our safety procedures, we have had to remove the vessel from service in order to facilitate the repair plan. Unfortunately, while Red Jet 7 also remains out of service at this time, our Hi-Speed service is currently suspended. Our engineers are working hard to get both back in service as quickly as possible and we will provide an update on this evening’s services later today.

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“We sincerely apologise for the disruption to our passengers’ journeys and we are keeping customers updated through text alerts, social media updates and our live service status. We encourage customers to consider using our vehicle ferry service as an alternative option, which is currently running to timetable. Foot passengers using this service and needing to travel between East Cowes and West Cowes will be able to use the Jenny Lee boat or water service taxi at no extra cost if they state they are a Red Funnel customer.”

UPDATE @ 18:25 – Red Funnel has confirmed that the Red Jet service will remain suspended for the remainder of the day.

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Unbelievable
Unbelievable
1 month ago

At some point there will be NO boats. All broken. Hence we need a fixed link. ( Tunnel, tide and wind would have no effect ) Why be ruled by overpriced ferry companies, that are always unreliable and getting more and more expensive..

Careful what you wish for
Careful what you wish for
Reply to  Unbelievable
1 month ago

And then comes along a serious/fatal rtc that shuts your tunnel for several hours for investigation work to be carried out, so whats your stand by plan then sherlock, a fleet of chinook helicopters to convey the vehicles.

fred
fred
Reply to  Careful what you wish for
1 month ago

Can you name any tunnel in the UK that has been closed in the last year for this reason? Yes a serious crash could cause delays. But would be a once in a blue moon event. The ferries on the other hand are cancelled on a daily basis.

Careful what you wish for
Careful what you wish for
Reply to  fred
1 month ago

Blackwell tunnel, dartford tunnel, dartford river crossing

Clive Heathfield
Clive Heathfield
Reply to  Unbelievable
1 month ago

we should now consider a fixed link, with all these cancelations on both ferry companies and the high ferry cost ,i again was stranded for 21/2 hours on Tuesday, on Saturday the loading ramp was at fault then on Tuesday once again problem with the loading ramp so now i am all for a fixed link

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Bridge sounds good,!!!!

Banner
Banner
1 month ago

It’s now easier to get to Middle Earth, and Narnia then to the Isle of Wight

Jay
Jay
1 month ago

RJ 4s fine, just needs an outboard motor on the back

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Have to wonder if this is a bad fuel issue.

Tracy Kerr
Tracy Kerr
1 month ago

The new chief exec has cut costs so much that moral is shot, and every corner has been cut.
Sack her and start running a SERVICE again

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
1 month ago

“Pinhole fracture” sounds like corrosion breakthrough. If so, expect BIG repair and long out-of-service. No doubt MCA will be enquiring about routine inspections? (no, of course not).

fred
fred
1 month ago

Almost like the ferry companies prefer profit over maintaining their boats and giving a proper service.

Chelsea71
Chelsea71
1 month ago

How can a multi million pound company not run two or three ferries when it costs islanders so much

 

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