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25 December 2014 09:00 - General Press Release

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Condor 102’s arrival to the UK

State-of-the-art high speed ferry marks a new era of sea travel

 

On Friday 26th December, the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – Condor 102 – will arrive in the UK, completing her maiden voyage into her new UK base, Poole Port.


Escorted by a tug, Condor 102 will sail past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port at approximately 1000 GMT.


Her arrival will conclude her 10,500 nautical mile journey from Cebu in the Philippines, from which she departed on 4th December. The sleek new state-of-the-art 102m trimaran represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.


The best vantage point will be from the Sandbanks peninsula, along Poole Harbour or from Baiter Park. Please note, there will be no public access at Poole Port.


Following her arrival, Condor 102 will go through a period of Condor customisation in Poole in the New Year, with a full internal fit out completed by interior refurbishment specialists, Trimline. She will also complete a series of sea trials in the UK and the Channel Islands before she officially comes into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.


Visit www.condorferries.co.uk/102 to keep up to date with news about Condor 102
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24 December 2014 16:00 - General Press Release

Condor 102 approaches home

Condor 102 approaches home
State-of-the-art ferry will be back in the UK by Boxing Day

 

Earlier this week, Condor 102 – the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – made a final stop in Malta for fuel and provisions, before departing early this morning for the final leg of her journey to the UK.
Travelling from Cebu in the Philippines, the new state-of-the-art 102m trimaran is set to arrive into the UK on Boxing Day (26th December). Her crew are looking forward to a well-earned rest and spending time with their families over the festive period, after an epic journey of 10,500 nm.


As Condor 102 makes great progress across the Mediterranean Sea and across the Bay of Biscay heading towards her new operational base, we take a look behind the scenes at what the trip has been like for her Captain and crew.


To keep their energy levels up throughout the trip, the hungry crew onboard have polished off (amongst other things) 1,200 rounds of toast, 1,800 mugs of tea, 150 pints of milk, 300 pots of instant noodles and 150 tins of baked beans! Not to mention 250 cartons of orange juice, 120 packs of chocolate biscuits and of course, a mince pie or two!


What’s more, they have enjoyed spectacular views across the Indian Ocean, along the Gulf of Aden - stopping briefly in Djibouti to change crew, refuel and re-stock life’s essentials – before heading up to the Suez Canal. 


The crew even took part in Christmas Jumper Day earlier this month, sporting a colourful array of festive knitwear, despite being in temperatures of over 30c crossing the Red Sea!


Capt Fran Collins, Executive Director – Operations at Condor Ferries commented: “We’re really excited that Condor 102 is almost home, with just a few days to go, we’re looking forward to seeing her as she enters UK waters.


She continued: “The captain and crews on board have done a sterling job in bringing her home on schedule, I’d like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment over the last few weeks. I know that they are looking forward to getting home too and seeing their families.”


In early January, interior refurbishment specialists, Trimline, will complete the internal fit out in Poole and the ferry will undertake further trials before she begins sailing between Poole and the Channel Islands at the end of March.


Visit www.condorferries.co.uk/102 to keep up to date with news about Condor 102
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14 December 2014 10:15 - Channel Islands Press Release

14 December Condor Ferries Media Update

Work to remedy the fault with one of Commodore Clipper’s rudders is taking longer than expected, and has slowed due to the extremely cold temperatures during the night.

 


Engineers are continuing to work on the rudder and are hopeful that they will be finished within 12 to 14 hours, however this does mean that today’s Clipper service is cancelled and passengers are now being moved onto the fast ferry on Monday.

 

“Our engineers have been working tirelessly through the night but the cold temperatures have slowed their progress,” said Fran Collins, Executive Director – Operations at Condor Ferries.

 

 

“We are optimistic that Clipper will be ready to sail by early Monday morning and we’re continuing to provide passengers who have been significantly delayed yesterday and today with overnight accommodation and food, in accordance with the EU Passenger Directive.

 

“Our priority is to keep our Islands connected and supplied and whilst freight supplies continue on Commodore Goodwill, we are keeping all of our freight customers updated regularly.”

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12 December 2014 09:00 - General Press Release

Christmas Jumper Day

The crew of Condor Ferries new state-of-the-art ship, the Condor 102, may be far from home but that hasn’t stopped them getting into the spirit of Christmas and taking part in the annual Christmas Jumper Day.

 

Condor’s newest addition to its fleet departed from Austal’s shipyard in Balamban, Cebu in the Philippines on 4th December, starting her long journey to Southampton, where final preparations will be made before she comes into service at the end of March.

 

The Condor 102 crew will be donning their Christmas jumpers for the rest of today (12 December), along with other Condor staff and crew in the UK and the Channel Islands. The festive Christmas Jumper Day has become an annual tradition for Condor to raise money for [insert charity].

 

“It’s great to see the Condor 102 crew taking part in our annual Christmas Jumper Day” said Capt Fran Collins, Executive Director – Operations, at Condor Ferries. “It has become an annual tradition for us here at Condor Ferries, so it is brilliant to see them getting into the festive spirit as well. The Condor 102 is making good progress - we look forward to welcoming her and the crew into Southampton soon.”

 

Visit http://102.condorferries.co.uk/ to keep up-to-date with news about the Condor 102.

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04 December 2014 17:16 - General Press Release

The Condor 102 starts her long journey home

This morning, the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet - the superb Condor 102 - departed from Austal’s shipyard in Balamban, Cebu in the Philippines, beginning her long journey to Southampton, where final preparations will be made before she comes into service at the end of March. 

 

The 102 metre-long ferry has been in Austal’s facility in the Philippines for the past four months where she was being fitted out to Condor’s precise specifications so that she is set up to deliver the outstanding customer experience that passengers travelling between the UK and Channel Islands expect.

 

The ferry is expected to take around four weeks to make the journey to the UK. During the voyage, which is being undertaken by Condor crews, the ferry will sail across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and via the Mediterranean before travelling up the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. The entire journey is approximately 10,500 nautical miles in length.

 

Once she arrives in Southampton, interior refurbishment specialists, Trimline, will complete the internal fit out and the ferry will undertake further trials before she begins sailing between Poole and the Channel Islands in the spring.

 

Even before Condor 102 set sail earlier today, Condor had already seen unprecedented levels of interest from passengers wanting to travel between the UK and the Channel Islands on the new ship.

 

Since sailings went on sale for the new ship last month, Condor has reported record sales, and last Friday (28 November), the company saw its busiest-ever booking day – with more than 100 passenger bookings taken every hour! 

 

“I’m delighted that we are now entering the final stages of the new ferry’s preparations before she is able to come into service on the UK to Channel Islands route,” said Capt Fran Collins, Executive Director – Operations, at Condor Ferries.

 

“I know that many people will be excited to see the 102 in British waters and we are all looking forward to the day in March when we will be able to travel on her for the first time.”

 

“Our teams have worked tirelessly both to prepare the ship for service and her journey back, and so our thanks go to everyone who has played a part in the project so far. Our crew now have several weeks at sea bringing her home, and we all wish them bon voyage. “

 

Visit  http://www.condorferries.co.uk/102 to keep up to date with news about the Condor 102

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01 December 2014 12:26 - Press Release

Condor 102 naming competition

Biggest Ever Prize For Islanders to Name New Ferry

 

As the arrival of the new Condor 102 approaches, Condor Ferries is offering islanders the chance to win its biggest ever prize in a competition to find a name for the new ferry.

 

Channel Islanders could win one year’s free ferry travel, up to a value of £5000, for coming up with a name for the new ferry.

 

People who wish to take part, are being asked to write their idea on a piece of parchment that they can find in the Jersey Evening Post or Guernsey Press before either sending the entry in or posting it into one of the specially designed bottles that will be in St Helier and St Peter Port during peak Christmas shopping times.

The person who comes up with the best name according to the panel of judges, will also be invited to the VIP launch of the new ferry.

 

Entry forms for the competition can be found in today’s Jersey Evening Post and tomorrow’s Guernsey Press.

 

“We really want to get islanders involved with the preparations for bringing the new ferry into service and felt that a competition to name the ship would be an excellent way to do this. I’m sure that there will be dozens of wonderful ideas submitted and we are all excited about finding out what the new name will be,” said Alicia Andrews, Executive Director – Commercial at Condor Ferries.

 

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