The Princess Royal has named a £6 million new high speed Isle of Wight ferry.

Red Funnel’s Red Jet 6 catamaran is due to enter service between Southampton and West Cowes.

The 275-passenger capacity vessel is the first of its kind to be built in the UK for 16 years.

Red Jet 6 offers on-board toilets and will enter service after sea trials and crew training.

More than 1.1 million passengers use the high-speed passenger service between Southampton and West Cowes each year.

“A new high bandwidth ship-to-shore Wi-Fi system has been specified which will be free for customers and the latest travel information system will be installed to show connecting services for buses, coaches, trains and flights in real-time,” the company said.