Wightlink's new flagship ferry gets royal seal of approval
Wightlink Ferries’ new environmentally friendly flagship, Victoria of Wight, was named by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex in Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight on 20 September. Local schoolchildren, Wightlink’s suppliers from the Isle of Wight and other invited guests watched as The Right Reverent Christopher Foster blessed the £30 million (US$39.3 million) hybrid energy ferry. According to maritime tradition, the Countess of Wessex then broke a bottle of champagne over the ship’s bow.
New ferry hit by technical snag
The "Victoria of Wight" was briefly stranded in the Solent in the afternoon of Sep 24, 2018, due to an electrical fault. The 3.30 p.m. sailing from Portsmouth was delayed by 15 minutes following a minor technical fault during the journey to Fishbourne. The ship slowed for a few minutes and the master informed customers on board. Following the incident, the 4.30 p.m. sailing from Fishbourne was cancelled. The "Victoria of Wight" made her way back to Portsmouth. She will not be in service on Sep 25 because of a scheduled crew training.
HRH The Countess of Wessex to name new Wightlink ferry
HRH The Countess of Wessex is to officially christen Wightlink’s first hybrid battery-powered ferry, Victoria of Wight, on 20 September. Built by Cemre shipyard in Turkey, the £30 million (US$39.3 million) Victoria of Wight will be named during a ceremony at Wightlink’s Fishbourne port on the Isle of Wight, which will be attended by local schoolchildren, civic dignitaries and invited guests.Upload News