PLANS to operate a ferry service between Guernsey and Alderney have been put on hold because drastic changes are needed for it to comply with international regulations.
Isle of Sark Shipping had planned to start sailing to Alderney, using the Sark Venture, in August.
The plans were delayed as the company worked with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the harbour master to try to determine the correct classification for carrying more than 12 fares. But the company has continued to encounter problems.
Alderney Estates and Services Committee chairman Louis Jean said there were difficulties with international regulations. He said that because Alderney has such strong currents and tides, a different set of regulations applied to passenger ferries going to the island.
It meant that any service would not be able to carry over 12 passengers unless changes were made.
‘I didn’t know about all of this before we started looking at this service.'