New Red Funnel Catamaran with MTU Engines Ready for Operation
UK operator Red Funnel's 40-m, 277-passenger Red Jet 7 fast ferry will enter service in July after its commissioned in June. Built in the UK by the Wight Shipyard Co., Rolls-Royce supplied the four MTU 10V 2000 M72 engines to power the ferry.
Powered by four 900 kW MTU Series 2000 engines, Red Jet 7 has a top speed of 38 knots while also meeting the IMO for Tier II certification.
The aluminum 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 23 minutes.
Red Funnel carries more than 3.4 million passengers per year between the British mainland and the Isle of Wight, a route it has been operating since 1861.