MV Red Osprey

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The Red Osprey in her IKEA livery.
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Name: MV Red Osprey
Operator: Red Funnel
Builder: Ferguson Shipbuilders
Launched: 1994
In service: Oct 1994 - Sept 2003, Jan 2004 - present[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9064059
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Raptor Class 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 Osprey 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 her sister ship Red Falcon and as such, has operated the same regular route throughout her life. Between October and December 2003 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] She was the first of Red Funnel's Raptor Class ships to undergo the process,[1]. From December 2004 until Red Eagle's stretch was completed a year later, she was the largest vessel regularly crossing the Solent, having taken this title from Wightlink's St Clare.[3]

In January 2009, both sides of the ship were re-painted in an entirely yellow and blue livery to celebrate the opening of a new IKEA store in Southampton. This was the first time a Red Funnel ferry was re-painted out of the company's own red and white colour scheme. She stayed in these colours for 12 months as part of a deal between Red Funnel and IKEA to provide home delivery services to the Isle of Wight.[5] In January 2010 following a service she was re-painted into the standard red and white Red Funnel colour scheme when the deal came to an end.


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