Red Kestrel. The route’s first vehicle ferry was the 473gt/1942 built Norris Castle (II), converted from the WW2 landing craft LCT 828 (LCT standing for Landing Craft Tank). Ro-Ro/Passenger Ship IMO: 9064059. Whilst the Western Ferries vessels have passenger capacity for their mixed traffic role at deck level, and a small offset wheelhouse over the car deck, the Red Kestrel boasts a full width accommodation area above the freight deck and a full-size bridge atop that. In 2003-2004 the ‘Falcon and ‘Osprey went to Gdansk, Poland, in turn to be lengthened and to receive a new fixed upper car deck. We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. ADD NOTES. The ‘Eagle was completed in 2018 with her works including a club-class style (and highly recommended!) Red Funnel's £10 million order for the new ship was announced on 14 February 2018. In the 1900s, the growing interest in travel provided the Company with an important side-line, namely the provision of tendering services to the great passenger liners. Site designed & developed by TJC. You call your ferry Red Kestrel and another bird comes along and craps all over your nice paintwork. She continues there in service as the Sis. The first three ferries were single-ended (with sideloading possible at West Cowes) and offered passenger accommodation on a single level above, covering around half of the vehicle deck. cargo vessel Vessel … The launch of Red Funnel’s new freight ferry will mean room for more cars but may make seating “difficult” on its other vessels, says the firm’s boss. The company has built more than 1350 ships including many famous and innovative vessels. Share. The specialist magazine for shipping enthusiasts, Swift, New Build of the Month – January 2021, Odin of Scapa and Thor of Scapa – December 2020, Emmaya and Seacat Weatherly – November 2020. The overall history of the company goes further back, to 1820, when George Ward and William Fitzhugh of Cowes established the Isle of Wight Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, the first steamer service between Cowes and Southampton. … April 15, 2019 April 11, 2019. At 74m in length, she will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers. Red Funnel’s brand new purpose-built freight ferry is preparing for her delivery voyage to The Solent following sea trials earlier this week. added where possible over the past couple of years. The introduction and operation of Red Kestrel was intended to increase freight capacity on the busy Southampton to East Cowes route, while increasing space for passengers aboard the existing Raptor-class fleet with a predicted increase in HGVs exclusively being transported by Red Kestrel. The 12-knot trio also received modified propulsion packages. Their third UK built ferry since 2016, the RoRo ferry received the name Red Kestrel. The base of the old funnel on both ships was converted into an upper level sun deck. [7], The vessel was officially named in a ceremony on 25 April 2019, attended by Alok Sharma, Minister of State for Employment. Salvage experts contracted by insurer Vero used cranes and pumps to float the Kestrel… The ferry will begin to operate between Southampton … Name. Red Kestrel is due to enter service in May 2019, with the current ferry timetable to be updated to accommodate the vessel. Raptor Class vehicle and passenger ferry operated by Red … The sunken historic Auckland ferry Kestrel has been lifted off the seafloor. #ferries - In the UK the newest addition to the fleet of an Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel's freight ferry Red Kestrel has arrived this morning to berth at its new home in Southampton.. Red Kestrel is Red Funnel's first dedicated freight vessel to operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight A new £10m freight ferry for the Isle of Wight has been named at … Steam Packet Services also started serving Ryde, Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour. In 1975 the Cowes Castle and Norris Castle were sent to Belgium in turn for lengthening and conversion to drive-through operation. The Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited (better known as Red Funnel Ferries … It is also at the centre of a marine and engineering cluster with easy access to support services, classification societies and port state authorities. The 67m long ships could then each carry 900 passengers and 30 cars at a speed of 12-14 knots. Many such ships would anchor in Cowes Roads and use these steamers for alighting passengers and transferring all kinds of cargo. The state-of-the-art ferry is Red Funnel’s first dedicated Ro-Ro freight ship and will enter service in … Red Kestrel is due to enter service in May 2019, with the current ferry timetable to be updated to accommodate the vessel. Some of Red Funnel’s Masters and a technical team visited the Western Ferries vessels on the River Clyde prior to the Red Kestrel being launched. Wikipedia. Whilst Red Funnel’s primary cross-Solent services have always operated between Southampton and East/West Cowes, this potted history focusses exclusively on the vehicle ferry services that serve East Cowes, for reasons that should be clear. The new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) vessel last week departed Cammell Laird’s famous River Mersey shipyard on a delivery voyage bound for the English Channel port. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. To maintain the 3-ship service during the rebuilds, the 1975 built Norwegian fjord ferry Nordhordland was purchased from HSD and renamed Bergen Castle. RED OSPREY. This duo formed the basis for the Red Kestrel’s design but differ in terms of length (49.95m), beam (15.01m) and also have a lower gross tonnage of 497gt. Red Kestrel, our new £10 million ro-ro freight ferry is currently being built by the UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. Topic. The 786gt/58.21m/500 pax/25 car capacity Cowes Castle was delivered in 1965 and the 734gt/58.29m/250 pax/25 car capacity Norris Castle (III) followed in 1968. The company’s first purpose-built vehicle ferry arrived in 1959 in the form of the John I. Thornycroft built Carisbrooke Castle (672gt/58.27m/673 pax/25 cars) and was withdrawn in 1974. An important part of the Red Funnel route across the Solent which handles over half of the island’s commercial vehicles, Red Kestrel has made over 1,300 journeys since her first day … Ships similar to or like MV Red Kestrel. The respective gross tonnage figures post-conversion were 912gt and 922gt. Hopefully the Signature Class lounge will remain as, in the Writer’s experienced opinion, the £10 upgrade per crossing is worth every penny, especially on peak sailings. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings. Fuel oil: 38.6t Fresh water: 9t Vessel range: 1800km @ 12.5kts with full onboard functionality Crossing time: 55-60 minutes Speed: forward 12.5 knots @ 85% MCR | sideways 3.5 knots Vehicle deck space: 265 lane metres / 1021m 2 Max vehicle height: 5.6 metres … The latter factor will also help turnarounds at peak times as Tugmaster movements can delay embarkation to the main deck. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. Red Funnel will also be increasing its freight-only ferry sailings via Red Kestrel on these three days to create more space for private vehicles aboard its vehicle ferry fleet. The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, sailed away from Cammell Laird’s famous River Mersey shipyard following a nine-month build programme. © MMXVII TANDY Media. New British-built Isle of Wight Freight Ferry Prepares for Delivery Voyage. Tomorrow marks the first year anniversary of the naming ceremony for Red Kestrel, our very first freight-only ferry. For monthly International Fleet Review, explore Warships IFR. These replaced the Cowes Castle and Norris Castle, which were sold to Jaroldlinja. The £10m freight ferry, Red Kestrel, has been completed by Merseyside shipbuilder, Cammell Laird. The … This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again. [8] She entered service in May 2019. She could carry 86 cars and 900 passengers. Edit Datasheet Show Full Datasheet Last Update: 27 Apr 2019, 23:35:13 UTC The following users contributed to this datasheet: JackDryden, LTF48, Generic Vessel data. The Red Kestrel is Red Funnel's first dedicated RoRo freight ship since the company’s inception almost 200 years ago. The introduction and operation of Red Kestrel is intended to increase freight capacity on the busy Southampton - East Cowes route, while increasing space for passengers aboard the existing Raptor-class fleet with a predicted increase in HGVs exclusively being transported by Red Kestrel. Do you know more about the RED KESTREL? In 1826 Southampton introduced its own ferry service to Cowes, known as the Isle of Wight Steam Packet Company. The new 2,881gt Raptor Class ferries were 82.4m long with capacity for 895 passengers and 140 cars. [PR] Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel. The April 2019 fleets consisted of nine vehicle ferries, five passenger catamarans and two hovercraft with all but four of these being built in the 2000s following huge investment by the companies. Red Funnel, formally The Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited, is a ferry company that carries passengers, vehicles and freight on routes between the English mainland and the Isle of Wight.High-speed foot passenger catamarans, known as Red Jets, run between Southampton and Cowes, while vehicle ferries … The Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited (better known as Red Funnel Ferries Limited) was formed in 1861 and proudly states that it is the original operator to the Isle of Wight and has a distinguished and colourful history that now spans 158 years. The company’s Birkenhead site expands across 130 acres and includes four dry docks, a large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops. Twenty years then passed until the next new tonnage with the Clyde-built Red Falcon and Red Osprey arriving in the March and October of 1994. To travel on her was a unique experience and she served the route during the conversion of the Red Falcon/Osprey only and was then sold. No UK yard could cater for Wightlink’s 2018 newbuild Victoria of Wight (Turkish yard Cemre built her) so the order on home soil came as a crowd pleaser, as had the building of the Red Jet 6 and Red Jet 7 at Wight Shipyard, East Cowes. The April 2019 fleets consisted of nine vehicle ferries, five passenger catamarans and two hovercraft with all but four of these being built in the 2000s following huge investment by the companies. Red Kestrel is due to enter service in May 2019, with the current ferry … Red Funnel retains the company’s original and famous house flag as derived in 1861 from the names of the first four steamers in the newly merged fleet, the Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby and Pearl. The ferry will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and up to 12 passengers. The passenger spaces on the ships were not increased so new enclosed A-Deck lounges were fitted, with AA-Deck sundecks above, on the Red Falcon/Osprey in 2014/2015. The ferries were dubbed the Raptor Class as they’re named after Birds of Prey (Raptors). If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. The colours are explained as: Blue to the mast, Green to fly, Red on deck, White on high. The Red Eagle followed suit in 2005 to complete the project. The vessel RED KESTREL (IMO: 9847645, MMSI 232019192) is a Ro-Ro Cargo Ship built in 2019 (2 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of United Kingdom . The 736gt/58.27m/673 pax/25 car capacity Osborne Castle arrived in 1962, replacing the Norris Castle (II) and served the route until 1978. A third rival on the route then persuaded the two established operators to join forces. She operated 1947-1962. Category. Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry and was founded in 1828 by Scottish entrepreneur William Laird and his son John. As a freight vessel she is limited to 12 passengers and constructed specifically to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route, which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent. (23 April 2020) Red Funnel Ferries is celebrating the first year of service for Red Kestrel, its dedicated freight-only ferry, as she reaches the 12-month anniversary of her official naming ceremony. A NEW £10 million freight ferry for the Solent has been launched. In 1885 the Company expanded into tug ownership and Red Funnel Towage was formed, remaining operational until 2002 when sold. All rights reserved. 18 April 2019 — Red Kestrel, the newest addition to Red Funnel’s fleet, has just arrived at her new home in Southampton early this morning (Thursday 18 April, Berth 48, 07:30am). The River Clyde sisters offer capacity for 40 cars/194 lanemetres and 220 passengers and are powered by two Cummins QSK19M diesel engines. The ferry provides 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and up to 12 passengers. In a first for the cross-Solent routes, Red Funnel took delivery of the very first freight-only ferry in April 2019. As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the £10million Red Kestrel – which will sail between Southampton and East … Red Kestrel, commissioned by the Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel, was unveiled at the Birkenhead shipyard in February. Red Kestrel … Red Funnel’s new CEO has hinted that a review of the passenger spaces will be necessary to ensure the optimum balance is achieved. Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings. The Isle of Wight enjoys an intensive cross-Solent ferry service operated by three companies, Wightlink, Hovertravel and Red Funnel. As mentioned above, the fourth ferry for the East Cowes service was seen as a way of making more space available on the passenger/vehicle ferries for tourist traffic, as well as moving drop-trailer traffic to the dedicated ship whenever possible. The last vessel built had around 50% less superstructure (likewise passenger capacity) to give her a larger open vehicle deck and thus a greater freight capacity. The name of Red Funnel’s brand new £10million freight ferry has been revealed today (Thursday) following a special keel laying ceremony in Birkenhead. Signature Lounge, which had also been retrofitted on her sisterships by this time. Freight ferry built by Cammell Laird for Red Funnel for use on their route from Southampton to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Norris Castle was always recognisable after refit as her funnel moved to the aft end of the superstructure whilst the Cowes Castle’s was further forward. The project increased the length to 93.22m, the car capacity to 220 and the gross tonnage to 3,953gt. However, passenger seating on the 3 ferries is already at a premium on a full mixed-traffic sailing during inclement weather, with extra bench seating etc. Red Kestrel by Andrew Cooke. Red Kestrel, commissioned by the Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel, floated off with the tide from the Birkenhead shipyard’s slipway to its … Photo 2: typical! Photos of RED KESTREL (MMSI: 232019192) Browse and rate photos uploaded by our community. Get updates on what’s in Shipping T&Y straight to your inbox! In total, the project used 45 British supply chain … Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird has completed the building of its 1393rd vessel the £10million ferry the Red Kestrel, for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel. RED KESTREL imo: 9847645. Kestrel has been a huge help in maintaining our lifeline service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and keeping vital goods moving to and from the Island. The vessel remained a one-off and was sold to Jaroldlinja of Croatia in 1997 following withdrawal in 1996. MV Red Kestrel . A launch ceremony for Red Kestrel took place at the Camel Laird shipyard on Merseyside yesterday. Red Kestrel is 74m in length with 17m moulded beam and a gross tonnage of 1070t. Information will be published after a short review. In total the project used 45 British supply chain … [5] The vessel departed the Mersey for Southampton on 11 April 2019,[6] arriving on 18 April 2019. 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The ship is designed to provide additional capacity for freight moving to and from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. A new Board of Directors was formed and on 10th September 1861 the Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. was born. [3][4] She was floated out on 19 February 2019 and in April underwent sea trials on the River Mersey. The Red Kestrel is a new £10m ro-ro freight ferry, built by UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird. The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, sailed away from Cammell Laird’s famous River Mersey shipyard following a nine-month build programme. Many notable Royal Navy ships have come from Cammell Laird with merchant navy products including the 1838 built Robert F. Stockton (the first screw steamer to cross the Atlantic), the Cunard White Star passenger liner Mauretania and smaller ferries such as Western Ferries’ 2013 built Sound of Seil and Sound of Soay. MV Red Osprey. This new ship is designed to provide additional year-round freight capacity for our Southampton-East Cowes route which handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent. The completion of the £10million Red Kestrel for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel has sent a strong message to the global maritime industry about Cammell Laird’s ferry building capabilities, according to the Merseyside shipbuilder’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Graham. Ed. Spring 2019 Red Kestrel enters service Fast facts Deadweight: 566t Gross tonnage: 1070GT (approx.) Red Funnel's £10 million order for the new ship was announced on 14 February 2018. A slightly larger sister (extended passenger lounge and raised wheelhouse to compensate visibility-wise, plus an upper deck bar lounge), the Red Eagle, was delivered in 1996. Excursion Services were also a mainstay activity during those Victorian and Edwardian summers with daily trips along the South Coast and across the channel to France. RED KESTREL. As a solution to easing capacity on the vehicle ferries, on 14th February 2018 the Isle of Wight’s first purpose-built freight-only ferry was ordered from Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, Merseyside. Simply click below to subscribe and not only read the full article instantly, but gain unparalleled access to the specialist magazine for shipping enthusiasts. With the latest government guidance now advising people to work from home again where possible, Red Funnel expects to see some reduction in overall commuter numbers, supporting the decision to keep the Red … The Isle of Wight enjoys an intensive cross-Solent ferry service operated by three companies, Wightlink, Hovertravel and Red Funnel. [2], The keel for MV Red Kestrel was laid down on 31 May 2018 at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead in a ceremony attended by 300 guests. Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird has completed the building of its 1393 rd vessel the £10million ferry the Red Kestrel, for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel. Red Funnel's Red Kestrel is the focus of our newbuild feature. The new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) vessel, sailed away from Cammell Laird’s famous River Mersey shipyard last week, following 14-months in development. MV Red Kestrel is similar to these ships: MV Red Osprey, MV Red Eagle (1996), MV Red Falcon and more. Share your knowledge with the community. MV Red Kestrel is a freight ferry built by Cammell Laird for Red Funnel for use on its Southampton to East Cowes service. Filter the results based on the photo properties. She was launched on 19 February 2019 and entered service in May 2019 after completing her sea trials. Red Funnel is celebrating the first year of service for Red Kestrel, its dedicated freight-only ferry, as she reaches the 12-month anniversary of her official naming ceremony. She provides 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off capacity- sufficient for 12 … ADD TO FLEET Their third UK built ferry since 2016, the project increased the length to,! 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