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Author: Rebecca Gibson/Thursday, September 28, 2017/Categories: News, Building and refurbishment
Marine interior refit specialist Trimline and Wight Shipyard Co are to complete a £3 million refurbishment onboard Red Funnel Ferries’ ro-pax ferry Red Eagle in 2018.
Wight Shipyard Co will complete aluminium fabrication work in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, while Trimline will carry out the remainder of the upgrade work in Southampton, UK. Work on Red Eagle will start in January 2018 and will be completed in time for the start of the summer season on 29 March.
Following the refit, Red Eagle will feature additional seats, modern seating and tables, LED lighting, high-capacity wi-fi, USB charging points, air conditioning and digital entertainment features. The A Deck will be fitted with a pet’s lounge and a purpose-built Signature Lounge, while the B Deck will be equipped with a state-of-the-art galley and new toilets. The work will be similar to the new look given to Red Falcon and Red Osprey in 2014 and 2015.
Red Funnel’s owners have invested £10 million in its cross-Solent services in 2017, including Red Eagle’s renovation and the order for Red Jet 7.
“We are delighted to make this exciting announcement so soon after ordering Red Jet 7,” said Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO. “The refit of Red Eagle will bring the interior right up to date with a contemporary new look and a class-leading travel experience for customers which matches the best in the UK ferry industry. Once again we are particularly pleased to award the work to local suppliers, supporting jobs in both Southampton and in East Cowes on the Island.”
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