MV Red Falcon

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Name: MV Red Falcon
Operator: Red Funnel
Builder: Ferguson Shipbuilders
Launched: 1994
In service: Apr 1994 - Dec 2003, Apr 2004 - present[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9064047
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Car Passenger Ferry
Tonnage: 3,953 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 93.22 m (305.8 ft)
Beam: 17.5 m (57.4 ft)
Decks: 5, including 3 vehicle decks
Speed: 14 kn (25.9 km/h)
Capacity: 895 passengers, 220 cars

MV Red Falcon is a Raptor Class vehicle and passenger ferry operated by Red Funnel on their route from Southampton to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. She was built by Ferguson Shipbuilders in Glasgow.

She first entered service in 1994, being bought new by Red Funnel along with sister ship Red Osprey and as such, has operated the same regular route throughout her life. Between January and March 2004 she was re-fitted and extended by Remontawa in Gdansk, Poland, in order to increase vehicle capacity by 80[2] and allow a greater passenger capacity.[3] This involved the lengthening of the ship by 9.6 m (31 ft).[4]

On 10 March 2006 the ship made national headlines when she collided with the linkspan in Southampton, causing minor damage to the ferry.[5]


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