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VIDEO & PICTURES: Wightlink launches Victoria of Wight ferry in Turkey

Wightlink launched Victoria of Wight this morning. Photo by Emily Pearce.

Wightlink launched Victoria of Wight this morning. Photo by Emily Pearce.

Emily Pearce

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 9:19

WIGHTLINK'S new £30 million car ferry, Victoria of Wight, was launched today (Wednesday) in Turkey. 
Following the launch at the Cemre shipyard, where she set off down the slipway, the ship is due to arrive at the Isle of Wight in July. 
It marks the culmination of a two year project and, following staff training, the ferry is due to enter service in late July or early August. 
Wightlink has spent £45 million on the new ship, and on improving port facilities in Fishbourne and Portsmouth - the company's largest investment to date. 
Victoria of Wight will be Wightlink's largest car ferry, able to carry 1,200 passengers and 178 cars. 
Facilities will include larger passenger lounges, a children's play area and a Wight Taste cafe selling Island produce, including Island Roasted coffee, local ales, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits. 
The ferry will be powered by hybrid battery technology, resulting in lower emissions and less noise and light pollution than a standard diesel ship. 
Wightlink project director John Burrows said 'the future was green' for Wightlink, and the St Faith and St Cecilia, both of which were due to be phased out in the coming years, would be replaced with more environmentally friendly ships. 
"We didn't have enough space on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route to keep up with demand, and this £45 million investment is about making sure we have the capacity and we are fit for the future," he said. 
"Green technology is crucial. The Isle of Wight is a fantastic place to live and visit, it's unspoilt, and we have to make sure we operate in a responsible way.
"Currently the technology for an entirely electric ship is not there, but in five years who knows? 
"This is the first ship on the Solent with this technology, it's a real step forward."



Wightlink's John Burrows and project manager Colin Stanton with Cemre's project engineer Orhun Savas

Wightlink's John Burrows and project manager Colin Stanton with Cemre's project engineer Orhun Savas. Photo by Emily Pearce.

Wightlink's launch. Photo by Emily Pearce

Wightlink's launch. Photo by Emily Pearce.

Wightlink's launch. Photo by Emily Pearce

Wightlink's launch. Photo by Emily Pearce.

Wightlink launched Victoria of Wight this morning. Photo by Emily Pearce.

Wightlink launched Victoria of Wight this morning. Photo by Emily Pearce.

 


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