Inter-Island Ferry Service Trial No Longer Viable
Tuesday 30 May 13:13
The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism Sport and Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham has announced that it has not proved possible to salvage the trial passenger-only inter-island ferry service for this summer.
Senator Farnham explained: ‘After Guernsey confirmed that they were unable to identify funds to support their share of the possible underwrite for the trial we continued discussions with Condor to see if there was any way of the trial going ahead this summer. Regrettably this has proved impossible given the changed logistical and financial implications’.
Senator Farnham said that he was disappointed but remained determined to improve inter-island passenger links as they were important not only for developing both islands’ economies but to maintain social and cultural links. To achieve this his Department will continue discussions with Condor and the States of Guernsey regarding a service for next summer alongside their continuing talks around improving the robustness and reliability of the fleet'.
CEO Condor Ferries, Paul Luxon said: ‘Condor have worked with both islands authorities over the last few months to develop an inter-island day trip service trial and had finalised those arrangements ready to commence at the end of May, sadly however Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development late decision to withdraw from the Project, has resulted in the project now having to be deferred, in spite of efforts by Senator Farnham and Condor to revise a Jersey only based service’.