States to underwrite inter-island ferry service?

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TALKS are continuing between Jersey and Condor to operate a ferry between Jersey and Guernsey which could run several times a day, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has said.

His comments come after it was revealed on Thursday that a plan for both islands to jointly underwrite a new summer service had fallen through after Guernsey politicians deemed it financially unviable.

Asked if he thought it was fair that Guernsey could potentially benefit from a service underwritten by Jersey, Senator Farnham said: ‘It would be very easy to just cut it off [the plan] but I think it is important to act in the interests of the people of Jersey who have called for something like this to be introduced.

‘My position is that Jersey could still underwrite it. There are other ways in which Guernsey could support it, for example by waiving harbour fees or getting their tourism department to publicise it.’

Last month, staff from Condor were allegedly spotted on-board a 41-seater cataman, Gardian 14, in St Peter Port Harbour. It is understood that the vessel is for sale or available for charter.

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Comments for: "States to underwrite inter-island ferry service?"

Bob Boner

I thought they already did with propping up Condom

Cynic

If this was a profitable venture Condor would not need anyone, never-mind Government, to underwrite it.

If it's a sound business plan, financials which make sense and a projected success Condor can crack on alone. Otherwise, why should we be supporting a speculative business venture?

Rodney

The public need to understand that ferry / airline tickets cost what that do. One only has to look at the ignorance posted on a certain face book page directed at Condor Ferries in which presumably financially strapped people complain that a return ticket to the UK for a family and car is £500 ! Do these people of limited intelligence appreciate how much it costs to operate ferries and aircraft ???? If something is out of reach, or you are poor, why brag and moan about it !!!

Timbo Slice

Sounds like Guernsey politicians have better sense than our bunch of numpties - as far as I'm aware they still have no parking charges, no GST, no impending sewage tax (their cr*p feeds the fish) and enough experience to not be duped into yet another business misadventure.