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Condor send Commodore Clipper to St Malo

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Condor took the unusual step to send the Commodore Clipper to St Malo at the weekend, due the stormy conditions cancelling the fast ferry. It was also odd to see the Liberation remain in Jersey overnight rather than headeding back to the mainland.

 

 

CLIPPER DRAFTED IN TO SERVE FRENCH ROUTE

 

CONDOR Ferries is to operate the Commodore Clipper conventional ferry on the Jersey to St Malo route on Sunday after strong winds caused the cancellation of the fast ferry service.

 

The Clipper had been due to undergo scheduled maintenance in Portsmouth, but was reassigned to sail empty to Jersey on Sunday morning, and then operate a passenger and car service to France at 6 pm.

 

After returning to St Helier at 11:45 pm it will again operate without passengers or freight to Portsmouth and continue its usual operations tomorrow.

 

The company took the unusual step of putting the Clipper on the French route after gusty winds and a very high tide ‘affected safe docking at the Brittany port’.

 

Paul Luxon, Condor’s chief executive, said he was delighted the plan came together quickly.

 

‘The flexibility within our fleet, operations teams and crew means we were able to reaccommodate at short notice, at some cost to us, but passengers really won’t notice much of a difference.’

 

He added: ‘This is one of many times when I feel immensely proud of the dedication and professionalism of our teams who always put the customer first. The captain and crew were happy to give up their rest day to ensure everyone gets to their destination as planned.’

 

A total of 600 passengers have been re-accommodated along with 100 vehicles.

 

Read more at http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/20...FPIG73tojmY.99

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I heard (albeit 3rd hand) that St Malo port authority wouldn't have the liberation on this occasion due to the conditions and its previous form.

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Good for Condor for coming up with a solution like that and well done to the staff for making it happen. Interesting snippet about St Malo JK. Out of interest, if Liberation was Condor's first choice solution then presumably the cancellation of Rapide must have been to do with more than weather? Anyone know what was up with Rapide?

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I doubt that the Capitainerie at St Malo said no, but there may well have been conversations about getting on and off the dock in such a strong northerly wind. BF bridge guidelines suggest not trying to come to St Malo if there is a risk of gusts of 40 knots from a northerly sector. Liberation is notoriously poor on her thruster power, so a good call.

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Out of interest, if Liberation was Condor's first choice solution then presumably the cancellation of Rapide must have been to do with more than weather? Anyone know what was up with Rapide?
The Condor Rapide is currently in refit in Cherbourg.

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The Condor Rapide is currently in refit in Cherbourg.

 

Ah, ok, thanks Andy. In that case it must have been a scheduled Liberation sailing that was cancelled, assuming Liberation was standing in for Rapide? That makes more sense, and clearly either St Malo or Condor or both decided that Liberation should not go there in the conditions. Would be interesting to know if the same decision would have been taken if Rapide had been in normal service.

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There are pics of her taken out of the water by a member here - but they are on Facebook, maybe the member concerned will share them here.

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... assuming Liberation was standing in for Rapide?

 

At this time of year the fast ferry goes from Poole to Guernsey, Jersey and St-Malo on Friday, from St-Malo to the islands on Saturday and Sunday, then St-Malo and the islands to Poole on Monday. There is just one sailing a week from Poole. One fast ferry sails on four days a week with three days idle in Poole.

 

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