THE commander in charge of a ferry that collided with a navigation buoy has quit.
He resigned after Red Jet 5 collided with the Hythe Knock buoy on Thursday, October 3. A Red Funnel investigation concluded the collision was the result of human error.
It has led to serious disruption for passengers, with Red Funnel forced to operate a one vessel service, leaving the Isle of Wight every hour, at quarter past the hour.
The company said today (Monday) that Red Jet 4 should be back in service, after a shortened refit, next week and a normal timetable should be restored on Wednesday, October 16.
Paul Winter, Red Funnel CEO commented: "I would like to apologise sincerely to customers for the current disruption and to assure them that everything possible is being done to minimise the inconvenience which includes deploying additional resources to speed-up Red Jet 4’s annual refit.
"With Red Jet 5 unintentionally sidelined, Red Jet 4 in refit and no 30 plus knot vessels available to charter we have had no option but to operate a one boat service.
"Compensation to daily travellers will be offered once the normal timetable resumes."