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Bunker-saving Red Funnel ferry to enter service in July

Newest fast ferry, the Red Jet 7, is fitted with MTU engines.



Image credit: Rolls-Royce


Updated on 28 Jun 2018 08:52 GMT

Red Jet 7, the newest fast ferry run by UK operator Red Funnel, is due to enter service in July after being successfully commissioned in June.

The catamaran was built in the UK by Wight Shipyard Co., with Rolls-Royce supplying the four MTU 10V 2000 M72 engines.

Mark Slawson, Fleet and Technical Director for Red Funnel, explained: "Red Jet 7 continues a long tradition of using MTU engines which began with the Italian built hydrofoils which were used in the 1970s and 80s. For us, the winning features are the low cost of operating the engines and their high power-to-weight ratios. Coupled with low fuel consumption, this makes the vessels very efficient to run, which is important considering the heavy operating profile they endure."

The Red Jet 7 has a top speed of 38 knots while also meeting the International Maritime Organization requirements IMO for Tier II certification.

The aluminium catamaran is to join its sister ships Red Jet 6, Red Jet 4 and Red Jet 3 in plying between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The fast ferry will complete the 9.9 nautical mile route in a mere 23 minutes.

Using low-sulphur fuel for 22 years

As Bunker Index highlighted back in 2014, Red Funnel's vessels have been running on low-sulphur fuel since 1996 - long before regulations came into force on January 1, 2015, in EU Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

Speaking at the time, former CEO Kevin George (who became chairman in January and was succeeded as CEO by Fran Collins earlier this month, on June 11), commented: "Red Funnel is proud to have reduced its sulphur emissions some 18 years ahead of these statutory regulations and also for the other voluntary initiatives which have reduced the environmental impact of our services. In 2011, the company was one of the first UK ferry operators to be awarded ISO14001 for its environmental performance."






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