Victoria of Wight has joined Wightlink’s fleet. The new ship powered by hybrid energy from conventional engines and state-of-the-art batteries is now in service between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, impressing Islanders and holidaymakers alike with her stylish good looks and environmentally friendly features.
Her arrival in the Solent in August 2018 marks the culmination of Wightlink’s £45million investment in the route.
Wightlink’s flagship is the greenest in the Solent. Sophisticated controls combine power from batteries and generators to speed her across the Solent at up to 13 knots using fuel in the most efficient way.
Our major investment in future services offers customers the opportunity to cross the Solent in luxury, enjoying panoramic views from a range of comfortable seating areas. There is a choice of refreshments from Wight Taste featuring Isle of Wight-sourced produce and Costa Coffee, a children’s play area, gaming area and pet-friendly zones.
The investment will help keep ferries running on time. Victoria of Wight, together with her sister ferry St Clare, can now swiftly load and unload vehicles on two levels at the same time. Double deck boarding ramps have been built at both Portsmouth and Fishbourne car ferry terminals to guide cars and small ramps to park on the upper deck while freight, coaches and other larger vehicles use the lower one.
Together with the use of the innovative vacuum MoorMaster system at both ports to hold the ships securely in the berth, turnaround times have been reduced to around 15 minutes, essential to keep the service running on time.
Wightlink is also introducing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software at check in to further improve efficiency and reduce queuing and congestion on approach roads in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight.
Other new features include a new customer building at Portsmouth containing the ticket office, toilet facilities, lifts and the Camber Café and Camber Express both selling a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, right next to the boarding ramp at Portsmouth.
The second floor Camber Café also has an open air terrace with extensive views over the busy fishing port and yachtsman Sir Ben Ainslie’s Ineos BAR headquarters.
Customers waiting for their ferry from Portsmouth can enjoy the best Isle of Wight produce including Island Roasted coffee, Wight Crystal water and soft drinks, cakes from Calbourne Classics, ice cream, and much more. Everything on sale is produced on the Isle of Wight or supplied by Island companies.
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