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'Fit for purpose' Liberation out of action again

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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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