Wightlink’s new £30million flagship Victoria of Wight sailed from the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey on 16 July for the 3,019 nautical mile passage to Portsmouth.
Towed by the tug Amber II, the ship’s delivery voyage took her through the Sea of Marmara, past Gallipoli through the Dardanelles, then westward through the Mediterranean passing Greece, Sicily and Spain before turning north at Gibraltar to sail along the Portuguese coast, across the Bay of Biscay and into the Channel. The trip was expected to take 17 days, subject to weather conditions.
Project Director John Burrows has frequently travelled to and from Turkey to observe progress over the last two years. “We have a wonderful ship for our staff and customers to enjoy. She performed well in sea trials, almost reaching 14 knots in the Sea of Marmara, and will transform our services on the key Portsmouth-Fishbourne route,” he says.