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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4th May 2014, at 12:04:59

....and you accessed the CP News Forum to make this ridiculous statement HOW ??????????

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by Susannah Thornton

3rd May 2014, at 14:24:18

Sad day and age when technology takes over. Needing laptops etc for a short sailing, surely people can manage without, relax and enjoy the half hour or so journey without stressing out over work/technology. Remember the good old days when we had only a home telephone line, we managed then, as we did without laptops/smartphones/tablets. .

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by lulu arnold

3rd May 2014, at 14:01:05

With Laptops and all the new plug ins we wont need to talk to anyone or admire the views again ,

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by Stephen Elliott

2nd May 2014, at 22:49:34

They should use the money for that legal bill for the hotelier.

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2nd May 2014, at 19:19:44

....and, when oh when will they stop turning full circle when they leave Fishbourne AND, surely they realise that their disposal bins are situated TOO FAR from the tea bag and milk assembly points, AND, And, and....

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by Stephen Huntley

2nd May 2014, at 19:05:52

While they are at it, can they get rid of the diesel fumes that always seem to be in the air in the two lounges.

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by James McAdder

2nd May 2014, at 18:36:11

Shame about the Wightlink astroturfers.

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by Marie Bevan

2nd May 2014, at 16:53:27

That will be their justification for putting the prices up then !!!'

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2nd May 2014, at 15:16:06

Well done James - dropping your initial 'wightlinkitis; wasn't all that hard, was it ?

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by James McAdder

2nd May 2014, at 13:38:13

Possibly I am more organised than most people, then. I always ensure my laptops, phone and tablet are charged before a journey, and carry a charged 6Ah power pack to top up the phone and tablet. The laptop, is good for well over 4 hours on a full charge, and I carry a spare, charged, battery for that, too.

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