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Rest assured that if you see our Island ferries out and about on the Solent – they are maintaining ONLY lifeline supply routes to and from the Isle of Wight – but all three ferry operators do need to ensure that their vessels and staff remain in tip top condition.
 
So, you might see a number of movements of all vessels from Hovertravel Ltd, Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferry or Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries, in the coming days and weeks performing training for their colleagues, drills and as part of maintenance regimes.

Our ferries are ensuring that we get essential supplies, medications, deliveries, post and keyworker travel only, on very restricted timetables until further notice. 

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2nd ship on now from Portsmouth sailing at 0600, 0800 and 1000 Mon-Fri, presumably to carry the increased traffic as people go back to work, then back to 2-hourly. Weekends still 2-hourly at the moment

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Lymington - Yarmouth back from July 17th, initially with 1 ship on a 2-hourly frequency.  Apparently the engine issues have been fixed as well so they can operate in all wind strengths

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I would have thought say an  0600 0700 and 0800 from PH and 0630 0730 and 0830 from Ryde, then 1700, 1800 and 1900 from PH and 1730 1830 1930 from Ryde would have been a start now that people can go for day trips and travel. Got to start somewhen.

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Wightlink’s FastCats resume sailings on Friday 31 July

Following increased demand from foot passengers, Wightlink is resuming FastCat sailings from Friday 31 July 2020.

There will be an hourly round-trip service from Portsmouth between 06:15 - 20:20 on weekdays and 07:15 – 20:20 on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We are looking forward to re-starting our passenger service between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head at the end of the month,” says Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield. “Although passenger numbers remain low, they are gradually rising and we believe it is the right time to bring back the service. Reintroducing FastCats will support Ryde’s economy and seasonal businesses by encouraging more day-trip visitors.”

Wightlink staff have been busy preparing the FastCats to start sailing again and are carrying out trial runs to test systems.

To stay Covid-safe, passenger numbers have been capped and capacity reduced to allow plenty of room on board each departure for social distancing. The catamarans are being cleaned to high standards and hand sanitisers are available. In line with Government regulations, customers and staff will wear face coverings in the passenger areas onboard and inside the terminals.

FastCat customers will need to pay for travel and parking by card or mobile device. They can buy tickets at the ports using ticket vending machines and online. Ticket offices will not be open initially. The Ryde Pier barrier charge will be suspended until the end of August.

Wightlink has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark by VisitBritain. It shows the company complies with all Government and public health guidance and has carried out the necessary risk assessments.

Keith Greenfield adds: “Wightlink has worked closely with the Isle of Wight Council’s Transport Infrastructure Board (including the other cross-Solent operators) to make sure the Isle of Wight received the ferry services it needed throughout the crisis. Due to increased demand, I am pleased that we are now able to announce the reopening of our Fast Cat service between Portsmouth and Ryde.

“Like many other travel businesses, Wightlink has made substantial losses this year due to Covid 19 but, as usual, we still need to spend millions of pounds on vessel and port maintenance this winter to ensure all our services are available in 2021. This is the reason we have been slowly reintroducing services only as demand grows, to avoid further losses.

“We are keeping the situation under constant review and will continue to adjust service levels in line with demand as we go through the rest of the year.”

As all cross-Solent routes will be operating from Friday 31 July, the agreement between Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel to accept foot passenger tickets on each other’s services will end. Customers should ensure they book with the operator they intend to travel with. - Wightlink

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Nice to see all three ships back in service today. But the Clare has just tried pulling out of Gunwharf before the prow was raised. Result - a loud bang aa the prow crashed off the end of the linkspan and both support chains breaking. The ship sailed once the prow was secured with both chains hanging loose at the stern. I'm not sure the crew realised they had snapped tbh. Not sure if this means she will have to come off service for repair - perhaps overnight 

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That’ll be a investigation for sure, suppose to be positive call to the bridge before moving, sounds like the bridge officers moved before they got the call from the deck..

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It didn't want to lower when she arrived at 19.45, but after two or three attempts they managed to lower it. There's been 20 minutes of examination and head scratching and they're just loading up now. Seems to have gone up ok

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Well with the new tier arrangements Wightlink probably only need the 3rd ferry on 23rd, 24th and 27th December as it stands. Unless you are from Cornwall or Isles of Scilly then you cannot mix indoors if not a bubble so if you plan on staying with people it won't be allowed until the 5 day Christmas window. Your tier rules where you live apparently follow you, not the area you move into.

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