Many of Friday’s car ferry sailings, between East Cowes and Southampton, have been cancelled by operator Red Funnel.

It comes after an investigation into damage done when Red Eagle lost two anchors in Cowes harbour on 2 October, as Isle of Wight Radio reported. An anchor was recovered earlier this week.

Red Funnel said,

“Following the incident last week…an internal inspection has now revealed additional damage to the internal gear linkages inside the vessel’s Aft Voith propeller. The extent of the damage requires us to remove Red Eagle from service at this time.”

The boat had returned to service the day after the incident.

Two sailings were cancelled on Thursday night – the 8.15pm from Southampton and the 9.45pm from East Cowes.

Friday’s sailings from Southampton at 5am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8.15pm have all been cancelled.

Sailings on Friday from East Cowes, at 6:30am, 9:30am, 12:30am, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, and  9:45pm are also off.

Red Funnel said,

“Our team is reviewing plans for a revised vehicle ferry timetable from Saturday 12th October and will issue another update once we have more information. Our technical team is establishing an ETA to acquire replacement parts and repair Red Eagle, and we will communicate that expected timeline as soon as possible.

“We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this unexpected situation has caused for customers travelling with us today, and we wish to thank everyone for their patience. Safety continues to be our top priority and our teams on the ground are working very hard to support our customers with alternative travel options.”