Inter Island Passenger Only Ferry Services – Expression of Interest Launched

Wednesday 27 September 09:35

The States of Jersey and States of Guernsey wish to see the establishment of an inter-island passenger only ferry service which would provide a day-trip service for island residents and tourists and which would operate from the beginning of May to the end of September starting in 2018.

Both governments have agreed in principle to provide some financial assistance should it be necessary in order to assist a ferry operator to establish this service. Expressions of interest are therefore being sought via a market sounding exercise prior to a formal tender process to select a preferred partner to operate the service.

The desire is to establish a regular passenger only service and the government support available is to assist an operator to establish a viable service.

At this stage a detailed specification for the service has not been set out. The intention is to give potential operators freedom to consider how a suitable and sustainable service might best be established and run. However, in return for possible financial assistance in supporting this service the States of Guernsey and the States of Jersey would expect the following two core objectives to be met:

1. To enhance inter-island connectivity, the aim being to provide a day return service from each island.

2. To deliver additional passenger numbers to both islands, resulting in increased economic impact due to additional spending, provide an improved offer for ‘island hopping’ for visitors, and improve social, cultural and sporting links between the two islands.

In addition to the inter-island service between Guernsey and Jersey, the States of Alderney would like to see a regular passenger only ferry service between Guernsey/Alderney and possibly Jersey. Funding would be available from the States of Alderney to assist with this service. This option may either be considered as an addition to the Jersey/Guernsey service, or as a separate service.

Senator Lyndon Farnham, Minster for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture in Jersey said: “I am keen to improve inter-island passenger links as they are vital not only for developing both islands’ economies but to maintain and expand social, cultural and sporting links. A dedicated ferry service between the islands is an important component of this improvement.”

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Committee for Economic Development in Guernsey added:

“We know that an effective and efficient inter-island passenger service is required by all the Channel Islands to support economic development, and in order to foster cultural and social links between the islands. We know how important it is to islanders and we look forward to receiving some interesting proposals from potential operators. ”

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