Red Funnel Ferries has released computer generated images of a new livery for its Red Jet fleet.

Red Jet 6, the company’s new 41m hi-speed catamaran, which is under construction on the Isle of Wight, will be the first to carry the new identity when she enters the water for the first time in June.

The new look is designed to stand out on the water and was inspired by the customary wake of a waterjet propelled vessel travelling at high speed through the waves. The new livery will be applied to the rest of the fleet as part of their annual dry-docking cycle.

Work on Red Jet 6 at East Cowes is progressing well with a number of important milestones reached. Most of the structural aluminium work on the twin hulls and the accommodation section, which sits alongside, has been completed and certified and attention has now turned to the complex interior electrical, plumbing and equipment fit-out. The fit-out of the passenger accommodation has also started and the bridge console and control station is rapidly taking shape.

Wrapping the vessel in vinyl rather than conventional paint is a first for Red Funnel and promises to save weight, improve fuel efficiency and provide long-term durability.

Red Jet 6 will enter the water for trials and crew training in June and will be officially named at a ceremony in Cowes on July 4.

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