Islands have concerns over long-term viability of high-speed vessels

CONDOR is set to have its operating permit extended for five years from January 2014.

CONDOR is set to have its operating permit extended for five years from January 2014.

Guernsey and Jersey wanted a longer agreement, possibly for 10 to 15 years, but new sulphur emissions laws, which take effect from 2015, had created ‘uncertainty’.

‘These new regulations will require extensive engine modifications to traditional freight ships and many of the high speed craft used by ferry companies have been running for 15 years or more and have limited commercial life left,’ said Jersey’s Economic Development minister, Senator Alan Maclean

‘There are many new options for ship design, including vessels driven by liquid petroleum gas (LPG), but the best option is not yet clear.

‘This uncertainty makes it difficult to reach a long-term agreement, so we have taken external advice, jointly with Guernsey, on the condition and reliability of the high speed fleet.’

Guernsey’s External Transport Group chairman, Deputy Paul Luxon, said: ‘Our island governments now have the opportunity to work together to provide a coordinated and effective approach to sea transport. '

Comments for: "Islands have concerns over long-term viability of high-speed vessels"

Mr Bee

Thank god we didn't go for the 15 year option, 5 years is bad enough. I hope the comment above "on the codition and reliability of the high speed fleet" is enforced. To date the reliability factor due mainly engine problems thus causing delays has not been enforced by the States. I await to see if the next 5 years are an improvement on the last. Will comment again with the same message in 2018!

confused

Mr Bee. What do you propose in their place?

s daubert

When will the States see sense and say goodbye to Condor and get an operater with an orinary ferry because when it is f7 and f8 it is havac.