Ferry withdrawn from service for urgent repairs
On Aug 27, 2020, the 'Red Osprey' has been withdrawn from service in Southampton following an inspection, in which defects have been found, which will cause travel disruption for those using the ferry over the Bank Holiday weekend. Defects have been noted on the vessel’s aft main engine and the Voith propulsion system. While the two defects were not serious enough to affect the safe operation of the vessel, it was important that immediate repairs were undertaken to prevent greater damage. The repairs are expected to be completed as of Aug 30. The shore-side and on-board teams were doing their very best to help passengers get to their destination as quickly and as safely as possible during this time. All affected passengers with existing bookings will be contacted by Red Funnel and receive the latest information about revised expected departure times. Any customers wishing to amend their booking between now and the end of the bank holiday weekend can do so free of charge, with no additional amendment fees.
Stranded passengers spent night on board
More than 100 passengers spent the night of Feb 15, 2020, on board the 'Red Osprey' confined to port in Southampton as Storm Dennis lashed the coast. When the ferry to the Isle of Wight was cancelled on Feb 15, passengers were allowed on board by the captain to keep warm. Passengers were able to sleep on board and were given a free breakfast in the morning. The ferry was eventually able to depart for east Cowes in the morning of Feb 16. Red Funnels's cross-Solent vehicle ferries and passenger catamaran services were suspended as high winds and heavy rain swept in late on Feb 15.
Ferry delayed after pipe ruptured
The "Red Osprey" was left stranded in the Solent on Apr 1, 2015, when one of its pipes was damaged only one week after it was back on the water following a £2 million refit. Customers were today left waiting at the dock while engineers carried out a repair to the fractured pipe. There was a slight delay to the arrival of the 2 p.m. sailing from Southampton to East Cowes which arrived at 3.20 p.m. due to the pipe fracture. The "Red Osprey" arrived at East Cowes at 3.20 p.m. and left for Southampton at 3.45 p.m. No fuel was spilt and services were meanwhile running as normal again.Upload News