20 August 2014 08:00 - Channel Islands Press Release
Condor Ferries brings state of the art high speed ferry to Channel Islands
Condor Ferries has completed the purchase of the Austal 102, a state of the art high speed ferry which will operate between the Channel Islands and the UK.
The latest addition to the Condor fleet will come into service in spring 2015 and will secure the future of high speed ferry services for the Islands.
CEO James Fulford commented “I am delighted to announce that we are now proud owners of the Austal 102. This represents £50m of investment in our Islands and it will enable us to improve reliability, increase capacity, and give our guests a much greater level of comfort.
We plan to introduce the 102 in spring 2015 and, in the months ahead, we will be sharing more details about this superb new ship and announcing ways in which Islanders can be involved in our preparations.”
Condor has also confirmed that it has agreed with Poole Harbour Commissioners that the 102 will be based in Poole from spring 2015.
James Fulford added “Poole is a modern and well-connected port, well-liked by our customers.”
18 August 2014 11:28 - Ferry News
Commodore Clipper due back ahead of schedule
Condor Ferries is pleased to announce that Commodore CIipper will be back in service earlier than originally planned – with sailings resuming this weekend, following the completion of repair works in dry dock in Falmouth.
James Fulford, Chief Executive Officer at Condor Ferries, said: “We are delighted that the repairs to Clipper have been completed ahead of schedule. I’d like to thank our contractors, A&P Falmouth, and crew at the dry dock in Falmouth for all their hard work, which has meant that we have Clipper back in service earlier than we expected.”
14 August 2014 12:30 - Channel Islands Press Release
Charter Ship Arrow Is Back In Service
In less than 24 hours Condor Ferries has brought charter freight ship Arrow back in service today (14 August), after a repair to the control system for one of her propellers.
Arrow has loaded freight in Portsmouth earlier today and is expected to be in the Channel Islands later this afternoon, resuming the route between the Channel Islands and UK that she is covering while Commodore Clipper is in dry dock.
Ports and Guest Services Director at Condor Ferries, Captain Fran Collins, said: “We have worked with the ship owners to get Arrow back on the route as swiftly as possible. Our robust contingency planning meant that Commodore Goodwill was able to operate an additional inter-Island sailing yesterday, and our other charter vessel MN Toucan made deliveries into Guernsey in the early hours of this morning, helping to keep our Islands connected and supplied.”
“Arrow is due to arrive in Guernsey at 18.15 and will then continue on to Jersey, as normal.”
Repair works to Commodore Clipper taking place in dry dock in Falmouth are progressing to schedule.
13 August 2014 11:00 - Channel Islands Press Release
Condor Ferries Media Statement
Charter freight ship Arrow developed a problem with one of her propellers last night en route from Portsmouth to Guernsey and so the Master in consultation with Condor Ferries decided that berthing was not advisable. She therefore sailed to Jersey where she berthed with the assistance of a tug early this morning.
The freight trailers that Arrow was due to deliver to Guernsey are being delivered by Commodore Goodwill later this morning (due to arrive into Guernsey Port at 11.40). Goodwill has operated an extra inter-Island sailing for this purpose, however, her schedule has therefore been disrupted.
Arrow is now returning to Portsmouth, sailing more slowly than usual, so that her owners can resolve the technical problems as soon as possible.
Our other charter ship, MN Toucan, is expected to step in to assist with keeping deliveries to the Islands moving later today.
Ports and Guests Services Director at Condor Ferries, Captain Fran Collins, said: “Our robust contingency planning and the hard work of our port teams has meant that Commodore Goodwill has been able to operate an additional inter-Island sailing this morning, and our other charter vessel MN Toucan will be providing additional support on the route later today.”
“We would like to apologise to our freight customers in Guernsey for the delay due to last night’s technical problem with Arrow. We can confirm that Commodore Goodwill will be making the freight deliveries into Guernsey later this morning, and we are continuing to do everything we can to keep our Islands connected and supplied.”
Meanwhile, repair works to Commodore Clipper taking place in dry dock in Falmouth are progressing well.