Condor purchase new high speed Austal 102 trimaran
The "new" Condor Ferry:: Austal’s 102-metre trimaran
Why should anyone be shocked and surprised by this story?
On the 19th April I blogged this entry.
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/201 4/04/the-writing-has -been-on-wall-for-al most.html
Today, channelonline.tv carries the following:
"Condor Ferries has bought a new £50 million high speed vessel.
The latest addition to the fleet will come into service in spring 2015.
The purchase follows the news Condor secured a ten-year licence to provide Jersey and Guernsey with ferry services.
The Austal 102 trimaran can carry 1,165 passengers, 254 cars and has a 630 nautical mile range.
The new licence allows for a rival operator to set up providing it can match Condor's services.
CEO James Fulford said: "I am delighted to announce that we are now proud owners of the Austal 102. This represents £50m of investment in our Islands and it will enable us to improve reliability, increase capacity, and give our guests a much greater level of comfort.
"We plan to introduce the 102 in spring 2015 and, in the months ahead, we will be sharing more details about this superb new ship and announcing ways in which Islanders can be involved in our preparations."
When it comes to planning, foresight and commonsense, it seems that the States of Jersey are streets ahead of the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.