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Wightlink’s brand new £30million ferry, Victoria of Wight, will enter the Solent for the first time tomorrow morning (Friday).

Victoria of Wight is already sitting off the South coast of the Isle of Wight but will be catching the tide to enter Portsmouth Harbour tomorrow morning after her lengthy journey from Turkey.

The company’s new flagship for the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route left the Cemre shipyard in Yalova on Monday 16th July for the 3,019 nautical mile voyage. She has sailed through the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay, towed by the oceangoing tug Amber II.

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Victoria of Wight is expected to enter Portsmouth Harbour at around 11:30. Islanders unable to make it to Ryde will be able to view the arrival on www.isleofwightwebcams.co.uk.

Keith Greenfield, Wightlink’s Chief Executive says:

“All the years of planning and preparation are almost over and Victoria of Wight will be in home waters very soon. Her arrival is the final milestone in our £45million investment in the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route and our customers will soon be sailing on her.”

Victoria of Wight can carry up to 178 cars and more than 1,000 passengers. Powered by hybrid energy, from a combination of batteries and conventional engines, Victoria of Wight will be quieter than other similar vessels with fewer emissions.

Captain Tom Vincent will be on the bridge for the last part of the journey into Portsmouth Harbour. He has spent 2 months at the shipyard with other Wightlink colleagues, finalising the construction. He explains:

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“We can’t wait to bring Victoria of Wight home, train our crews and get her ready to welcome customers. She is one of the next generation of ferries and will transform our services between Portsmouth and Fishbourne.”

Victoria of Wight arrival – schedule for Friday 10th August 2018

08:45 – Victoria of Wight arrives at the Nab Tower, off the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight
09:45 – Wightlink crew board Victoria of Wight at St Helens anchorage.
09:50 – Harbour tug arrives and joins Amber II to bring the new ship into Portsmouth Harbour
11:00 –  Victoria of Wight leaves St Helens bound for her new home in The Camber
11:30 – With a second harbour tug on hand to assist, Victoria of Wight enters Portsmouth Harbour
11:45 – Victoria of Wight ties up at the Harbour mooring, near Wightlink’s FastCat terminal (approx. time)

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