Ferry to undergo £200,000 refurbishment

By a County Press reporter

Friday, May 2, 2014


Ferry to undergo £200,000 refurbishment

Wightklink ferry, St Clare, off the Isle of Wight in 2001. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

A £200,000 refurbishment of Wightlink's St Clare ferry will take place next week.

The Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry will be out of service between Tuesday and Thursday, so that improvements can be made.

An onboard business centre will be created, allowing commuters to work on tables with charging points for mobile phones and laptops.

Extra charging points will also be available by the Costa coffee shop.

Other improvements include improved lighting, new seating and better access for disabled people to the outside decks.

The improvements will be carried out by marine company BluMarine.

Design director for BluMarine Ross Welham said: "We are excited to be working with Wightlink on creating a luxurious modern environment. It will be cosy on chilly winter crossings, but fresh for hot summer days, with unrivalled views of the Solent from every seat."

The majority of the work will be carried out next week. The rest will then be completed over a two week period, whilst the ship is back in service.

The St Clare will be a no smoking ship during the refit, as access to the outside deck and deck five will be limited.

Wightlink recommends that dogs are kept inside cars during crossings, as canine facilities will also be unavailable.

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