Two new ferries to be built on Isle of Wight in £6.3m deal

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TWO new passenger ferries are set to be built on the Isle of Wight.

MBNA Thames Clippers has announced the new ferries, which will join its river bus service in central London, will be built at Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight and will be in service next summer.

The £6.3m deal will see 75 jobs created on both the Isle of Wight and London.

It is the largest passenger ferry order for a UK shipyard in over 25 years.

Sean Collins, founder and CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers said: ‘This is the first order for the new shipyard following its rebrand.

‘The experience and track record of the company means that we have found a new innovative yard with ambition which shares our vision for high-quality, safe and environmentally efficient fast ferries.

Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard Co added: ‘We are delighted to be awarded the contract and we are confident that we will deliver high quality ferries and look forward to a long partnership with MBNA Thames Clippers.’