Stop putting the boot in on Condor, says minister

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CONDOR Ferries needs to be given a chance to fix its problems with the Liberation, the chairman of the External Transport Group said yesterday, as he called for people to stop 'sticking the boot in'.

Despite a string of what Kevin Stewart described as 'malicious' reviews and criticism over how the new £50m. trimaran sails, he said the ferry operator was not in breach of its service level agreement as she had completed in excess of 90% of her permitted rotations.

However, if it was in breach, the Commerce and Employment minister revealed the island would be powerless.

'If there was a breach, we would want to discuss with Condor how they were going to get it back on track, but in terms of fining them that's not within our power.

'That's why we will be going to the States in July so that we can put in place a legally-binding document, which Jersey has.'

Deputy Stewart's comments came as harbour master Captain Chad Murray, a former Condor captain, said passengers needed to 're-train' their stomachs for when they sailed on the Liberation.

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