© Bob ScottGTS (13) JetFerry One, Past and Present

GTS Funchal

ex JetFerry One

© John Jones

© 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.

Technical Data

  • 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

History

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  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott

August 1981: Chartered by RMT at Dover after the PRINCESSE CLEMENTINE was off service with collision damage.

© Jim Ashby

© Jim Ashby

January 1st 1983: Renamed FUNCHAL. Registered Owner; Far East Hydrofoil Co., Ltd

© Yvon Perchoc

© 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

© 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.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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