Red Jet 5

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Red Jet 5 just after departing Cowes.
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1999—2008: MV Bo Hengy

2009-2016 MV Red Jet 5

2016 onwards: Schiopparello Jet

1999-2008: Bahamas Ferries

2009-2016: Red Funnel flag.svg Red Funnel

2016 onwards: Toremar

Pequot River Shipworks,

New London, USA
Laid down: 1999
Identification: IMO number: 8954415
Fate: Sold to Toremar
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Solent Class Catamaran
Tonnage: 209 GRT
Length: 32.9 m (107.9 ft)
Beam: 8.32 m (27.3 ft)
Draught: 1.25 m (4 ft 1.2 in)
Propulsion: 2 x MTU/DDC 4000 Series 4
Speed: 38 knots (70 km/h; 44 mph)
Capacity: 187
Crew: max 3

MV Red Jet 5 is a passenger catamaran ferry operated by Red Funnel on their route from Southampton to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It worked alongside sister ships Red Jet 3 and Red Jet 4, and was a replacement for Red Jet 1 & Red Jet 2, which were sold shortly before. [1] The vessel is unique in that it is the only Red Jet not new to Red Funnel. Red Jet 5 has since been sold to Toremar for an undisclosed sum.


Like Red Jet 3, the vessel is a Solent class catamaran designed by FBM Marine on the Isle of Wight, however unlike its sister ship it was built in the United States, at the Pequot River Shipworks in New London, Connecticut in 1999.[1] A distinguishing feature of the vessel is its sheltered sundeck.

Commissioned for Bahamas Ferries, the vessel was named Bo Hengy, and was retired in 2008. Bahamas Ferries now operates a larger catamaran called Bo Hengy II.

Purchase by Red Funnel[edit]

Following purchase by Red Funnel the vessel was transported to Southampton by heavy lift ship arriving 11 June 2009.[2] The vessel was then towed Portchester to refurbished and to be given an internal layout based on Red Jet 4.[2] The work was carried out by Testbank along with Coastal and Burgess Marine[3]

The ship was officially named Red Jet 5 by Shirley Robertson on 21 July 2009, entering service about a week later.[2] The vessel is by passenger capacity the third largest in the Red Jet fleet.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Red Jet 5 was chartered to Thames Clippers for use as a games shuttle on the Thames.

In 2015, Red Funnel announced that she would be replaced by a new ship, Red Jet 6, to be constructed at East Cowes.[4] Once the latter was brought into service in summer 2016,[5] Red Jet 5 was sold to Italy and renamed Schiopparello Jet.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Red Jet 5 Specification". Red Funnel. Red Funnel. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Adams, Keith (2010). Red Funnel 150 Celebrating One Hundred and Fifty Years of The Original Isle of Wight Ferries. Richard Danielson. p. 71. ISBN 9780951315552. 
  3. ^ "Testbank ship repairers do first job at new base". The News. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Red Jet 6 - coming summer 2016". Red Funnel. Red Funnel. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "RED JET 6 BUILD PROGRESSING WELL IN EAST COWES". Island Echo. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Vessel details for SCHIOPPARELLO JET". Marine Traffic. Retrieved 29 November 2017.