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Clipper due to be back in action for half term

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DESPITE the Clipper’s dry dock work being delayed, the vessel should still be back in time for half term.

A delay to its dry docking should not prevent the Commodore Clipper from being back in service by the end of this month. (Picture by Jon Guegan, 25987334)

She was placed in dry dock on Wednesday for her planned biennial refit and will resume passenger and freight services in time for the autumn half term holiday on Friday 25 October, according to Condor Ferries operations executive director Elwyn Dop.

‘Our technical team will be undertaking work to the engines, vehicle decks, galleys and passenger lounges.

‘Condor has chartered the freight-only ship MV Arrow to cover Clipper’s freight operations from Portsmouth and passenger services will be provided by Condor Liberation and Condor Rapide.’

The Clipper was due to be in dry dock from mid-September until mid-October, however it was delayed because another vessel, the Goodwill, was in maintenance first and repairs to that ship took longer than expected.

The Liberation is due to be in dry dock through November.

Recent stormy weather has been causing disruption to Condor’s services.

Due to high winds on Tuesday evening passengers travelling to Jersey from Poole were unable to reach their destination because the Condor Liberation could not dock at the island harbour.

Passengers were returned to Poole or disembarked in Guernsey and completed their crossing to Jersey the following day.

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Storm Lorenzo has also caused disruption.

Yesterday’s Rapide service from St Malo to Guernsey and return was cancelled, as was the evening St Malo to Jersey service.

The Liberation route from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey was also cancelled.

On its website, Condor apologised for inconvenience caused by the weather disruptions and thanked its customers for their patience and understanding.

n Travel plans can be amended by calling Condor on 0345 609 1026.

Charlotte Le

By Charlotte Le
News reporter

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