Red Funnel ferry undergoes major £3 million refurbishment

Red Funnel ferry undergoes major £3 million refurbishment
Red Eagle’s new appearance will be revealed in March 2018 (Image: Red Funnel)

Red Funnel’s ro-pax ferry Red Eagle is undergoing a major £3 million (US$4.2) refurbishment at A&P’s shipyard in Southampton, UK.

The ferry was dry docked at A&P’s yard in Falmouth for her annual survey and the painting of the hull and superstructure.

In addition, A&P has stripped out the existing passenger lounges in preparation for the main part of the interior refurbishment, which will be carried out by Southampton-based marine interior refit firm Trimline. The team will increase the number of internal seats, add a galley, create a pet lounge and a Signature Lounge, and add new seating, tables, LED lighting, USB charging points, air conditioning and digital entertainment amenities. The vessel will also offer high-capacity wi-fi.

The fabrication of the aluminium shells which will form the two new lounges was entrusted to Wight Shipyard, another local supplier based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The two lounges have been transported by barge to Southampton in preparation for being lifted onboard.

Red Eagle’s new appearance will be revealed in March 2018 when the ship returns to service between Southampton and East Cowes.

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Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson
Monday, February 5, 2018