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Major refurbishment for Red Eagle

Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialist has confirmed that it is to spend £3m on a major refurbishment of its ro-pax ferry Red Eagle in the New Year. The work will be similar to the new look given to Red Falcon and Red Osprey in 2014 and 2015 and will be carried out by local marine businesses. The main contract has been awarded to Trimline in Southampton, with aluminium fabrication work contracted to Wight Shipyard Ltd in East Cowes. The refit will be carried out in Southampton. The refurbishment of Red Eagle, coupled with the order for Red Jet 7, already amounts to an investment of over £10m in Red Funnel's cross Solent services by the consortium of UK and Canadian pension funds who acquir

Thousands of commuters to benefit from UK-built river boats with wifi

Tens of thousands more people will be able to commute by modern river boats kitted out with the latest technology. In a boost for the UK maritime industry, British shipbuilding company Wight Shipyard has announced recent orders worth £20 million for 4 boats for the Isle of Wight and London. The news comes during London International Shipping Week 2017, which will showcase the UK’s thriving maritime industry to ministers, industry leaders and delegates from around the world. The shipyard employs 75 full time workers and their construction programme supports 10 apprentices, who begin training this month - backing the government’s Industrial Strategy to boost jobs, growth and productivity acros

Wight Shipyard Co wins order for Scottish day cruise catamaran

Wight Shipyard Co has won an order to build a 21 metre passenger catamaran for a high profile Scottish tourism operation. The order, the second for the Isle of Wight-based shipyard in as many weeks, follows the welcome announcement of a second 41 metre high speed craft for Red Funnel. The new Scottish vessel will join the Jacobite Cruises fleet on Loch Ness cruising between Dochgarroch, just outside Inverness, Clansman Hotel and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle. “We are delighted to secure this order, our first for Scotland,” says Wight Shipyard Co CEO Peter Morton. “Coming a matter of days after the announcement of a repeat Red Funnel order and following the recent delivery to MBNA Tha

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