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
- 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
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
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 resuly 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
We would like to thank: Jim Ashby, John Jones, Yvon Perchoc and Bob Scott for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.