Ferry operator Wightlink has banned cigarettes on its ships after a fire on one of its ferries, the Saint Faith, while at sea. An investigation by Wightlink found that the fire on their 9am service from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight was started in a cigarette bin on the outside deck. The Saint Faith ferry crew moved passengers to the rear of the boat and managed to extinguish the fire before the ferry docked.
Wightlink CEO Keith Greenfield said that the company plans to make all of its ferries smoke free, noting that “we’ve been considering this policy for some months especially as most other public transport is smoke free. But the recent fire on St Faith, which started in a cigarette bin on an outside deck, confirmed that we should move forward and become a smoke-free ferry service. We know that our customers will enjoy a healthier, safer and cleaner service as a result.”