Navigational team suspended after Red Funnel fog incident

The navigational team aboard the Red Falcon when it ran aground have been suspended. 

Red Funnel’s CEO Fran Collins has confirmed the team involved in the smash with several small yachts will not be rostered on the ship as it returns to service on Monday (October 22).

The ship was inspected for damage after sailing on to a sandbank in The Solent on Sunday morning (October 21).

She said: “Our Southampton-East Cowes service is operating as scheduled today following the yesterday’s incident involving Red Falcon.

“An underwater survey and detailed inspection found that there was no damage to the ship which is back in service and operating normally.

Red Funnel runs aground – photo by Cowes RNLI

“Whilst the investigation is underway, the navigational team involved in the incident will not be rostered on board which is in accordance with best practice.

“As normal, the investigation will also consider any other similar incidents that have occurred, both internally and industry-wide, and will seek to identify any common factors. Prior to completion of the report, however, and as a precautionary measure, some amendments to our bridge operating procedures in reduced visibility have been made although these changes are not expected to impact on the reliability of the service or the frequency of weather-related cancellations.”