‘Fit for purpose’ Liberation out of action again

Condor Liberation

CONDOR’S new chief executive vowed to business leaders on Tuesday that the company’s flagship fast ferry Liberation was ‘fit for purpose’ – just as it was being repaired in Poole after developing an engine fault.

Paul Luxon, who took over as chief executive last month, told an Institute of Directors audience that the firm’s ‘annus horribilis’ was behind them and that his team were committed to maintaining a reliable link to the UK.

The 57-year-old took to the stage at the last minute after the original speaker – the firm’s director of operations, Captain Fran Collins – stayed in Poole to oversee work on the ship, which was confined to port on Tuesday after developing a fault with its fuel pump.

The ship, which has suffered numerous technical problems since coming into service last March, was expected to return to

service on Wednesday but at reduced power as engineers continue to work on the vessel during crossings.




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Comments for: "‘Fit for purpose’ Liberation out of action again"

Mr Sensible

I imagine Mr Luxon is not enjoying his baptism of fire and wish he had never taken up the fall guy position, and Capt. Fran Collins is out of the firing line for the time being, I think every pump has been replaced on the Albatross since it came to the jersey route. Let's wait for the next excuse.

Rob Colliver

As a visitor to the lovely island of Jersey on numerous occasions, always travelled with Condor Ferries without any problems, until my last visit, September 2015, when I was in the unfortunate position to be travelling on this worthless pile of scrap, the boat was not working fully on the way to Jersey, and, during our stay, the problem deteriorated to the extent that it had to be pulled from service, resulting in quite a number of cancelled crossings

The information coming from Condor Ferries was non existent, I was informed of the issues by the hotel owner, not the ferry company, with trying to get clarification from Condor, I was kept on hold for over three hours, to finally get a re order message saying that the office was now closed, and to call back the following day, upon calling back, I got another automated message that was two days out of date

In my opinion, the Jersey government have made a grave error allowing Condor Ferries a sole monopoly on sea travel to the islands, as has been proven, when the proverbial hits the fan, they have no back up plan

I would like to thank Matthew and Jonathan from the Westhill Country Hotel for their continued hospitality with finding us a room to stay in for the extra nights until the boat was in a usable state, but, still not fully operational

the flogsley-snottings need more elbow room m'arm

the vikings had more efficient sea going boats


The only purpose its fit for is the scrapyard.


Inflatable rubber dinghies are more reliable than this tug


It's like Jerseys Titanic, but just stretched out, it will eventually disappear. Hopefully before this useless goverment.

Tony B

Sails and oars may make it more reliable.


People confuse availability with reliability. What the customer requires is availability. As an example, if your office has one copier and it stops working you have a problem. If you had two you would use the other one. Mathematically, if you look at the average reliability(MTBF) of a typical copier, it would need to be about a hundred times more reliable than each of two to give the same availability.

This was Condor's error. They must have two !


Put a couple of outboard motors on the back would be more reliable.

or a clockwork motor that can be put into use when the can of rubbish breaks down- as it will time and time again.