Red Funnels’ Red Jet 7 was built in East Cowes, UK, by Wight Shipyard and represents a £7 million (US$9 million) investment in its Southampton-West Cowes route.
Like her near-sisters, Red Jet 7 uses waterjets rather than propellers to aid manoeuvrability and provide impressive stopping power.
An advanced hull-design and computer-controlled interceptors also help keep the wash to an absolute minimum, which is good news for nearby leisure craft.
The One2Three-designed vessel is fitted with four MTU 10V 2000 M72 main engines powering quad Hamilton HM571 waterjet units connected via ZF 3050D gearboxes.
This configuration was chosen to ensure high levels of in-service availability as she can operate on two or three engines if any waterjet intakes become obstructed by debris in the Solent. Exhaust emissions fully comply with the IMO Tier II regulations.
Other technical innovations to help reduce fuel consumption include the use of specialist marine grade vinyl instead of paint for the superstructure to reduce weight and the application of the latest Teflon hull coatings to minimise drag through the water.
Such technology helped Red Jet 7 achieve a top speed of 39 knots in trials, which is in excess of her required in-service speed of 36 to 38 knots.
Internally, Red Jet 7 offers a premium experience with 275 comfortable high-back leather seats with cup-holders, space for four wheelchairs and ample amounts of luggage. USB charging points for phones and tablets have been fitted to all window seats. In common with the rest of the fleet, free wifi is available, offering customers a fast and stable ship-to-shore connection.
LED lighting is provided throughout and the cabin air temperature and humidity is controlled automatically thanks to a sophisticated air-handling system which puts a stop to internal condensation on the windows, all of which are tinted to prevent glare.
Six LED HD TV screens offer a wealth of information in real-time including local and national news headlines, the latest weather and live travel connections for buses, coaches and trains. The screens also show the vessel’s GPS position along the route and can display a live video feed from external cameras facing forward and aft.
|Red Jet 7|
|Class:||Special Service Craft 2014 Passenger HSC|
|Port of Registry:||Southampton, UK|
|Owner:||Red Funnel, UK|
|Designer:||One2Three Naval Architects, Australia|
|Builder:||Wight Shipyard, UK|
|Length (overall):||41.12 metres|
|Waterline length (excluding waterjet):||37.94 metres|
|Beam moulded:||10.87 metres|
|Draught (loaded):||1.30 metres|
|Main engines:||4 x MTU 10V 2000 M72, each 900 kW @ 2,500 rpm|
|Gearboxes:||4 x ZF 3050D|
|Propulsion:||4 x Hamilton HM571 waterjets|
|Steering:||Vector control of thrust and steering of both twin waterjets|
|Generators:||2 x 55kW 415v 3-phase 50Hz|
|Trim Control:||Humphree interceptors|
|Service speed:||38 knots @ 85% MCR|
|Range:||200 nautical miles @ 38 knots|
|Radars:||2 x Furuno FAR2817|
|ECDIS:||2 x Furuno FMD3200|
|GPS:||2 x Furuno GP170|
|Radios:||2 x Furuno FM-8900S|
|Windlass:||Electric, with recoverable anchor|
|Rescue boat:||Stern mounted|
|Liferafts:||3 x 151pax|
|Lifebuoys:||5 x SOLAS approved|
|Fuel oil:||5,000 litres|
|Fresh water:||1,000 litres|
|Lube oil:||50 litres|
|Oil bilge:||400 litres|
|Passenger capacity:||275 seated + 2 wheelchairs|