RED Jet passengers face weeks of disruption after a collision involving Red Jet 5 and a buoy this morning (Thursday).
A spokesman for the company said: "Unfortunately due to a lack of serviceable vessels, Red Funnel’s Red Jet service is reduced to a one boat service for approximately the next two weeks.
"This is due to damage sustained to Red Jet 5 and the unavailability of Red Jet 4 which is being overhauled as part of its annual refit."
The company will operate a one boat shuttle service during normal operating hours, with boarding cards issued on a first come, first served basis. Services will leave Cowes at xx15 and Southampton at xx45.
Southampton FC fans travelling to Sunday’s game against Swansea have been advised to travel to Southampton via East Cowes.
The spokesman said: "Unfortunately delays are unavoidable at busier times due to the reduced capacity. It is therefore recommended that wherever possible customers travelling between 8am and 7pm use the East Cowes/Southampton service, which is unaffected."
Ticket office opening hours have been extended and service updates will be issued via redfunnel.co.uk, SMS and @RF_Travel_News on Twitter.
"Red Funnel very much regrets the inconvenience to customers who can be assured the Company is doing all it can to charter a vessel from another operator and to return Red Jet 4 and 5 to service as soon as possible," said the spokesman.