Condor sailings on both UK passenger ferries cancelled

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The £50 million Liberation was left stranded outside St Peter Port in Guernsey on Friday evening after problems meant it was unable to berth.

And following the technical issues Condor say they decided to cancel all sailings of the Liberation between the UK and the Channel Islands on Saturday as a ‘precautionary measure’.

Just hours later the Clipper encountered problems with its internal ramp as it docked in Portsmouth.

As a result Condor cancelled all Saturday sailings of the vessel.

Writing on their website, the company said: ‘Our engineering teams continue to work on repairs to the internal ramp on the Clipper, however the work is rather complex and will need time for specialist contractors to look at all options and to make the necessary repairs.’

They added that they hoped Monday’s 9 am sailing to the Channel Islands would go ahead. A further update was expected at 6 pm.

Commenting on the Liberation cancellations, the company said: ‘This will allow engineers to source parts and make permanent repairs to the steering modules.’

In a statement released on Friday Condor apologised said it was aware of the ‘inconvenience and frustration experienced by some customers over recent months’.

They added that they were committed to ‘delivering a reliable and comfortable Channel Islands ferry service’

‘We have invested significantly and made many improvements and changes over the last year to remedy the issues experienced during 2015.

‘That effort, focus and commitment remains front of mind for the company. We are always happy to meet with customers who would like to discuss their experience of travelling with us, and will always welcome ideas of how we can improve our service.’

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