Changes to habitat rules navigated for new 'Red Kestrel' lay-by berth

26 April 2019
The naming of a new ferry that only carries lorries is good news for passengers travelling across The Solent this summer. The design and development of the new vessel's lay-by berth is also good news for the habitat conservation objectives for the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation.
The Great British-themed naming ceremony, celebrating Red Kestrel being built in the UK, took place in Southampton docks by the Ocean Terminal . © Red Funnel

The Great British-themed naming ceremony, celebrating Red Kestrel being built in the UK, took place in Southampton docks by the Ocean Terminal . © Red Funnel

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Red Funnel passengers embarking or disembarking at East Cowes might see Red Kestrel, the new freight-only Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) vessel, waiting in a Ramboll-designed lay-by berth for its turn to access the linkspan.

Ramboll was appointed by Red Funnel Ltd to design the new lay-by berth and apply for the relevant consents. Our Marine, Geotechnical and Environment teams based in Southampton were involved.

Currently Red Funnel passenger car ferries carry just over half of all freight across the Solent. The extra capacity on Red Kestrel, just for lorries, will make room for more tourist cars on the rest of the fleet.

The Great British-themed naming ceremony, which celebrated Red Kestrel being built in the UK, took place in Southampton docks by the Ocean Terminal and was witnessed by some 200 invited guests. Red Kestrel is due to enter service in May.

The new lay-by berth for Red Kestrel.

Ramboll’s Luke Bradly said:

"The design and development of the lay-by berth for Red Kestrel responded to challenging site constraints and was taken from concept to completion in a very tight timescale. The projects upholds habitat conservation objectives for the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation whilst benefiting the wider Isle of Wight economy by increasing the ro-ro capacity across the Solent. We are pleased to make a difference to this project."

Read further details about the work to build Red Kestrel's lay-by berth here.

Details of the lay-by berth for Red Kestrel

The lay-by berth nears completion with all piles and jacket structures installed. In the distance a Red Funnel passenger ferry leaves East Cowes for Southampton. March 2019 © Ramboll

East Cowes lay-by berth - consents and design

The design and development of a lay-by berth within the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation (SAC) set a precedent for navigating changes to the marine licensing process. The project upholds habitat conservation objectives for the SAC, whilst benefiting the wider Isle of Wight economy with increased freight movements across the Solent.

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