Wightlink’s new flagship Victoria of Wight is on track to be the Solent’s ‘greenest’ ferry when she joins the company’s fleet on the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route in 2018.

Head of Safety, Barry Smith, has briefed an audience of shipping professionals at the Passenger Ship Sustainability Conference in Southampton on the latest technology being installed on board the vessel at the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey.

“This was a good opportunity to highlight our journey to become a more environmentally friendly operator, delegates were interested to hear about the benefits our new ship will bring in terms of improving efficiency while reducing noise and emissions,” he says.

Victoria of Wight is a hybrid battery ship using four manoeuvrable Voith Schneider propellers. The four main engines each have a generator attached to them. In other green features, waste heat from the engines will be used to heat the passenger areas and surplus energy from the lifts will also be recycled. The ship has low energy LED lighting and her hull has been maximised for fuel efficiency.

Barry described the progress of Wightlink’s £45million investment programme in the new ship and double-deck boarding ramps at both Fishbourne and Portsmouth at the conference.

“We first considered using liquefied natural gas (LNG) which is becoming popular with ferry companies in Scandinavia but there were issues in getting supplies of the fuel in Portsmouth. We have worked with engine suppliers Wartsila to come up with this hybrid battery solution to improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing noise and emissions, which is good news for our neighbours and Wightlink” he explains.

“We look forward to welcoming her to the Solent and introducing her to our customers.”

Victoria of Wight will enter service in summer 2018. She is 90 metres long, and will carry 178 cars and up to 1,200 people.

For more information, please contact Karen Woods on 07775 694266 or karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk.


Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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