ex JetFerry One
© John Jones
Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 13) for Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, USA.
- Length: 30.10m (overall), 23.9268 (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 9.50m (across foils), 8.53m
- Depth: 2.59m (moulded)
- Draught: 4.30m
- Tonnage: 287 gross, 267/241 gross/115 deadweight
- Engines: Two Motors Detroit Diesel Allison/Two Ingersoll – Rand gas turbines
- Power: 5,443 kW/5,590kW
- Speed: 43 knots (service), 50 knots (maximum)
- Capacity: 250-300 passengers
- Call Sign: VRVI6 (2000 – )
- IMO Number: 7923249
- MMSI Number: 477038000
- Official Registry Number: 388142
- Registry: London, Hong Kong
- Sisters: GTS 929 – 115’s 11/12/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21/22/23/24/25/26
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September 1st 1979: Delivered to Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, USA.
1980: Leased to P&O Jet Ferries for services between London – Ostend/Zeebrugge.
Roy Thornton Collection
© Bob Scott
August 1981: Chartered by RMT at Dover after the PRINCESSE CLEMENTINE was off service with collision damage.
© Jim Ashby
August 15th 1982: To Seajet for services between Newhaven – Dieppe. The services were unsuccessful and ceased after only 23 days.
September 7th 1982: Seajet International collapse and are put in the hands of the receiver.
“After only 23 days of operation Seajet International, which began a jet-foil service between Newhaven and Dieppe on 15 August, was put into the hands of the receiver with a loss of 60 jobs. Managing Director, Mr Harry Beckerman said that revenue was hit by bad weather in the first ten days and it was hoped that with some extra financial help the operation would restart next year. At a creditors meeting in Hove in October Seajet’s assets were estimated to be a mere £1274 while debts totalled £355,000 with Sealink amongst the biggest losers.” (Sealink News Number 37, December 1982)
January 1st 1983: Renamed FUNCHAL. Registered Owner; Far East Hydrofoil Co., Ltd
© Yvon Perchoc
2008: Registered Owner: Jenford International Ltd/Registered Manager: Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Ltd, Hong Kong
December 1st 2003:Fire broke out in the port engine room off the Western District Public Cargo Working Area while it was en-route from Hong Kong to Macau. The fire triggered the alarm and was later extinguished by the carbon dioxide smothering system on board. The vessel sustained moderate fire damage to its port engine room while all 38 passengers and 10 crew on board were not injured.
January 11th 2008: FUNCHAL and SANTA MARIA, collided five nautical miles away from Macau and limped back to Macau to treat the injured. As a result of the collision, 113 persons including passengers and crew members on board the two jetfoils were injured, 43 of them seriously (Report).
2015: Still in service Hong Kong – Maccau.
© Edwin Leong
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Jim Ashby, John Jones, Yvon Perchoc, Edwin Leong and Bob Scott for their assistance in compiling this feature.