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Ferries not ready for new season

One of the new Wightlink ferries being built in Croatia
The ferries are now due to be ready in September

Two new ferries due to begin service between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will not be ready before the summer.

The Wightlink ferries are being built in Croatia and are due to replace existing ships.

The first had been due to arrive in the Solent this month but will now miss the summer season on the Lymington to Yarmouth route.

Wightlink said the delay was due to difficulties at the shipyard. They are now due to be in service in September.

The new ferries are part of a 57m investment by Wightlink to improve services to the Isle of Wight.


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