Wightlink’s Victoria Of Wight will sail away from the Isle of Wight and arrive at its new home in Portsmouth today (Friday).

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio the multi-million pound ferry, which will serve the Fishbourne – Portsmouth route, had been spotted off the south of the Island yesterday (Thursday)

Since setting off from the building yard in Turkey on 16 July the vessel has travelled more than 3,000 nautical miles – covering the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Bay of Biscay.

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield said:

“All the years of planning and preparation are almost over and Victoria of Wight will be in home waters very soon. Her arrival is the final milestone in our £45million investment in the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route and our customers will soon be sailing on her.”

Captain Tom Vincent

Captain Tom Vincent will be on the bridge for the last part of the journey into Portsmouth Harbour.

He said:

“We can’t wait to bring Victoria of Wight home, train our crews and get her ready to welcome customers. She is one of the next generation of ferries and will transform our services between Portsmouth and Fishbourne.”

Victoria of Wight can carry up to 178 cars and more than 1,000 passengers, and is powered by hybrid energy. You can see a gallery of the ferry being built here.