Red Funnel is the
original Isle of Wight ferry company with a history spanning over
The Company's roots date back to 1820, when scheduled year-round
Packet Services started operating between Southampton, Cowes, Ryde,
Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour. In 1861, two rival companies
merged to form the Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England
Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited or "Red Funnel" for short.
The famous house flag was derived from the names of four steamers
that were in the newly merged fleet - Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby and
Pearl.In the 1900's, the growing interest in travel provided the
Company with an important role - the provision of tendering
services to the great passenger liners. Many would anchor and use
Red Funnel's steamers for alighting passengers and transferring all
kinds of cargo.
In 1885 the Company expanded into tug ownership and continued to
consolidate its market position throughout the wars. After World
War II, recession and changing holiday habits led to the decline of
the excursion business and preoccupation with the Southampton-Cowes
packet services, particularly in light of growing car ownership and
the transfer of cargo onto wheels. Diesel propulsion marked a
turning point in the Company's history with the first purpose-built
diesel vehicle ferries joining the fleet in the 1950's.
Today, Red Funnel carries 3.2 million passengers and 700,000
vehicles on its year-round services between Southampton and East
& West Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Red Funnel has been using
Hazcheck Workstation to check the dangerous goods that are carried
on their ferries since 2006. They purchased IMDG Code
e-learning training courses in early 2014.
Sara White, Human Resources Advisor commented, "We purchased a
combination of General Awareness and Function Specific IMDG Code
e-learning courses to train both our office and 'hands on' staff
that have a responsibility to load and unload the ferries. We
were able to configure the function specific courses specifically
for our staff to ensure they were focusing on the most appropriate
training material for their roles".
Workstation is the powerful but user-friendly tool
for shippers, forwarders, agents and ship operators to check DG
shipments and produce documentation. It displays key information,
validates a mixed load for IMDG Code segregation compliance, and
displays relevant packaging options. A Dangerous Goods Note can be
produced in PDF format.
Code e-learning is a cost-effective online training
tool for all shore side staff involved in the handling and
transport of dangerous goods by sea. It was developed in
collaboration with the International Maritime
Organization, and gives high quality training that complies
with both the general awareness and function specific training
requirements in the IMDG Code.