Professionalism of our ferry captains is second to none

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The jailing of a hovercraft pilot who was at the controls while nearly three times the legal alcohol limit certainly sends out a strong message to masters of maritime vessels.

But in my experience, the professionalism of captains of our local ferries and hovercraft is second to none.

When you consider the intensity of services operated from Portsmouth, some around the clock, along with all the hazards of local shipping and naval movements, their safety record is exemplary.

Added to the tidal flow and rough conditions that can happen off Southsea, we should rest assured that when travelling to and from the island, we are in extremely safe hands.