Ferry sidelined due to anchor trouble
Many of the sailings between East Cowes and Southampton on Oct 10 and 11 have been cancelled by operator Red Funnel after an investigation into the damage done when the 'Red Eagle' lost two anchors in Cowes harbour on Oct 2, one of which was recovered earlier this week. Following the incident an internal inspection has revealed additional damage to the internal gear linkages inside the vessel’s aft Voith propeller. The extent of the damage required the operator to remove the 'Red Eagle' from service after it initially had returned to service the day after the incident. On Oct 10 the 8.15 p.m. sailing from Southampton and the 9.45 p.m. from East Cowes were cancelled as well as the sailings from Southampton on Oct 11 at 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8.15 p.m. Sailings on Oct 11 from East Cowes at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. were also off. The Red Funnel team was reviewing plans for a revised vehicle ferry timetable from Oct 12 and will issue another update once they have more information. The technical team was establishing an ETA to acquire replacement parts and repair of the 'Red Eagle' and planned to communicate that expected timeline as soon as possible. The ferry was sidelined at the New Cruise Terminal in Southampton.
Lost anchor retrieved
The anchor from the 'Red Eagle' has been retrieved from the bottom off Cowes on Oct 8, one week after it was lost off the Isle of Wight during a sailing from Southampton to East Cowes on Oct 2 at 9 a.m. It had been found by divers five metres below the surface and was recovered in good condition. The vessel has been operating with one anchor. The second anchor is due to be refitted when the vessel goes in for annual maintenance in November. The ship had returned to service on Oct 3 after its hull was inspected. Report with photos: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-49985918
Ferry suffered breakdown and lost anchor
The "Red Eagle" has suffered a breakdown enroute from Southampton to East Cowes in the morning of Oct 2, 2019. The 9 a.m. sailing from Southampton was on its final approach to East Cowes terminal when, just off Cowes Parade, the problem developed with a loud noise before a puff of black smoke was seen from the funnel. At 10:15 a.m. the ferry was continuing on its journey to East Cowes at slow speed. The 10:30 a.m. East Cowes-Southampton sailing has been cancelled due to the issue. The ferry resumed normal operations, after it lost one of its anchor on Oct 2, off the Isle of Wight. On Oct 4 the ship resumed sailing with one anchor after a precautionary hull inspection by the divers. Arrangements to recover the anchor from Cowes Harbour were being made by the operators at the same time. Report with video: https://www.islandecho.co.uk/red-funnel-ferry-suffers-break-down-off-cowes/Upload News