Voyager due despite hitting quay in Jersey

ISLANDERS will get their first chance to see the Condor Voyager tomorrow, despite it hitting a concrete pillar in Jersey Harbour today.

Condor Voyager nudged one of the concrete pillars in Elizabeth harbour, Jersey, as it edged into position on its maiden journey. Engineers took a dinghy out to inspect for damage. It touched with the anchor which was lowererd and raised to check for damage as apparently ships are unable to sail without a functioning anchor. (Picture: JON GUEGAN, 29614789)
Condor Voyager nudged one of the concrete pillars in Elizabeth harbour, Jersey, as it edged into position on its maiden journey. Engineers took a dinghy out to inspect for damage. It touched with the anchor which was lowererd and raised to check for damage as apparently ships are unable to sail without a functioning anchor. (Picture: JON GUEGAN, 29614789)

It is not the first time one of Condor’s new boats has suffered a mishap.

In 2015, Condor Liberation hit a fender in Guernsey on its maiden voyage.

It was attempting to berth in strong winds and no blame was put on the master.

Voyager is a Brittany Ferries craft, which will operate to and from the islands over the summer, alongside the Liberation.

It is set to arrive from Jersey at about 11.30am and then will be conducting berthing trials. It is due to sail to Jersey and then on to Poole at about 3pm.

In Jersey, crowds gathered at the harbour today to watch the vessel arrive for the first time. They heard a loud noise as the ship bumped into a concrete pillar.

A thorough inspection appeared to show no damage and berthing trials continued.

A Condor spokesman said the bow anchor touched the concrete dolphin, but the vessel was only going at half a knot at the time.

‘It is the reason we run a number of port and berthing trials to test the ship, her crew and shore staff prior to entry into service,’ he said.

‘These are conducted without passengers and further trials were undertaken today before Voyager returned to St Malo in the afternoon.’

The incident is not expected to delay the vessel’s arrival in Guernsey.

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