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28 April 2017 15:45 - Press Release

A Ferry Happy Birthday - Condor Ferries celebrates 30 years of travel

Condor Ferries is celebrating 30 years of passenger services between the UK and Channel Islands, a very special milestone.

The first passenger sailing left the South Coast for the Channel Islands in April 1987, in a year which also saw the iconic film ‘Dirty Dancing’ hit cinemas, the start of work on the Channel Tunnel and the release of Michael Jackson’s prolific ‘Bad’ album. Since then, Condor Ferries has transported over 14 million passengers and more than 2.7 million cars, whilst travelling around 5.7 million miles in total between the UK and Channel Islands, the equivalent distance of sailing around the world 229 times.


Condor has made a significant contribution to the local economy around all its ports, currently employing over 550 people on board its ferries and in its contact centre and port teams, some of whom have been with the company since the first sailing three decades ago.


Paul Luxon, CEO of Condor Ferries, commented: “We’re delighted to be marking this significant anniversary. The last 30 years have seen our services expand and evolve but what has remained constant throughout is our efforts to provide an offering which is valued by our customers and sustainable.


“We would like to thank our customers and staff for their tremendous support over the last 30 years. As ever, we will continue to work hard to develop our services, and we are looking forward to the next 30 years of sailing with great optimism and enthusiasm.”


Jim Stewart, PHC Chief Executive, added: “Poole Harbour Commissioners is proud of its close links to Condor Ferries, stretching back to 1996. We were delighted when Condor chose Poole as their UK fast ferry port and Condor Ferries is now recognised as an important and iconic feature of Poole Harbour. We look forward to working closely with Condor Ferries over the next 30 years.”


Over the years Condor Ferries has carried much more than just passengers, their vehicles and freight. Dozens of more unusual consignments have also been transported between the UK and the Channel Islands, including a colony of penguins and an adult male gorilla destined for their new homes at Jersey Zoo, a life-size model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and a full-sized working replica of a WWII tank. Famous faces who have chosen to travel with Condor in the past 30 years include Nigel Mansell, Martin Clunes and Tony Robinson, as well as Superman himself, Henry Cavill. The Teletubbies and Pudsey Bear have even made special appearances too!

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11 April 2017 14:00 - Press Release

Condor Ferries donates more than £800 to MARINElife

Condor Ferries donated £880 to Dorset-based charity, MARINElife last week. Condor's Captain, Tim Coutts handed over the cheque to Rick Morris and Glynis Northwood-Long from MARINElife onboard Condor Liberation as part of its ongoing partnership.


Condor has raised the donated money by offering discounted MARINElife day trips to Guernsey on its fast ferry sailings from Poole, with £5 from each day trip going to the charity.


MARINElife is a Dorset based research, education and conservation charity conducting year round scientific surveys of whales, dolphins and seabirds. Condor Ferries has supported MARINElife's volunteer Wildlife Officer programme since 2014, in addition to the monthly surveys already being conducted on its fast and conventional ferries running from the UK to Jersey and Guernsey. During this time, a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds have been sighted from Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and Minke Whale, to Great Skua, Manx shearwater and Gannet.


MARINElife's Wildlife Officers can be found onboard a number of Condor's cross-Channel sailings, with day trips offering passengers the opportunity to marvel in the marine mammals and seabirds in the English Channel for an unforgettable day out on the water.


Tim Coutts - Condor Ferries Captain, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to donate £880 to our local charity partner, MARINElife. We have been offering MARINElife day trips to Guernsey for several years now, and their popularity continues to grow. We will soon be starting a new season of day trips this summer that will help to raise further funds for MARINElife to continue its important research.”


MARINElife’s Chairman Rick Morris, added: “We are very grateful to receive this donation from Condor Ferries and its customers. All our Wildlife Officers that provide the MARINElife day trip offering with Condor are volunteers, who give their time for their passion of marine life and ensuring their conservation. This donation will enable us to continue our research to achieve our charitable aims.”

To make the most of the wonderful wildlife in the Channel, Condor Ferries will again be offering MARINElife day trip sailings from Poole to Guernsey throughout the summer, starting on 2 May. With a Wildlife Officer onboard, birdwatchers, marine enthusiasts and nature novices alike, will have the chance to discover the various species in both air and sea, learn more about how to spot and identify species making for the perfect day out for all the family.


MARINElife day trip tickets cost £22 per person, which includes a £5 donation to MARINElife. Customers can receive £10 off when booked using promotion code 'MARINEDAYS'.


For more information on Condor Ferries MARINElife day trips and to book, please visit http://www.condorferries.co.uk/day-trips/view-marinelife-day-trips

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