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Condor extends lease on Voyager

Condor extends lease on Voyager

Friday 05 November 2021

Condor extends lease on Voyager

Condor Ferries has extended the lease on its newest vessel, the Voyager, which will undergo "changes and modifications over time".

The Voyager will now be operating throughout the 2022 summer season.

It was first loaned in June this year from Brittany Ferries, Condor's minority shareholder.

At the time, Elwyn Dop, Condor's Operations Director, described the 98m-long high-speed catamaran as "a larger version of Rapide" which Condor would use to operate a number of peak summer services between the UK and France for Brittany Ferries.

The summer lease was intended to provide an opportunity for Condor to evaluate the vessel. Confirming the extension of the original lease - which expired in October - Condor said the company was pleased with the vessel's performance to date and that it has potential for modifications to improve services further.

Condor Rapide

Pictured: The Voyager has replaced the Condor Rapide, which was sold in July to Trasmapi, an operator from Spain, after maintaining sailings for Condor for 11 years. 

“Condor Voyager entered service in June of this year and her lease has been extended to cover the 2022 season," said Condor.  

“We took the opportunity to introduce the vessel whilst she was available and will make changes and modifications over time. One of the key benefits of using Voyager has been the increase in capacity compared to her predecessor, Rapide. 

"Using Voyager and Condor Liberation last summer, with a revised schedule from the UK, has meant we were able to double car and passenger carryings to 400 cars and 1,600 passengers per day to Guernsey and Jersey.  

“This has supported the inbound visitor market and also provided travel options for islanders.”  

The Voyager has been operating out of St Malo in Brittany, but that will change when Condor moves its French services to Cherbourg in Normandy during January and February 2022.  

Cherbourg is one of six ports which could face disruption if the Governments of France, the UK and the Channel Islands cannot resolve an ongoing dispute about fishing rights. But Condor said Cherbourg "is a much larger port than St Malo and less affected by poor weather" and therefore "offers greater certainty" to services. 

The Voyager does not have bow thrusters, which apply lateral propulsion to manoeuvre a boat’s bow in a sideways direction. They help counter the forces of wind and tidal current when manoeuvring in close quarters.  

The website of manufacturers Incat suggests the benefits of this are the "savings in weight, hull drag and a quieter ride at sea" and that the catamaran "can make a 360 degree turn in its own length".

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Posted by Stephen Wilson on
This is very disappointing to most people who have property in the vicinity of St. Malo. The travel time from St Malo to Cherbourg is circa 2.5 hours which makes it extremely inconvenient to travelers. For my wife and I, with the new time table Condor have put in place and with the additional travel time to and from Cherbourg, it is no longer worth going to our property near St. Malo. It is about time our caring States of Jersey Governing body started caring about travelers.
Posted by The old git Git on
Well I think it is a poor state of affairs that condon has decided to keep this vessel for next year and how mant more to come. "NO BOWTHRUSTERS" on a boat that size and considering the inclimate wind conditions we have in the Channel Islands doesn't make sense. Ok it takes more passengers and cars but that is only beneficial to Condor and doesn't and has not lowered fares as per the extra profit they might make. Their timetables are a waste of time and their neglect of communication severely needs looking into. Surely our States can shake up Condor for a better service from them as they issue the licence?
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