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Freight ferry due back in service after repairs

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CONDOR’S freight-only vessel, Commodore Goodwill, was due to return to action on Wednesday following repairs after it developed engine problems on its approach into Jersey on Tuesday.

Commodore Goodwill developed engine problems on its way into the Harbour yesterday

The vessel’s overnight trip from Portsmouth to Jersey on Tuesday was cancelled while it was repaired in the UK.

However, the ferry company said yesterday that ‘accompanied freight’ – lorries with their drivers – and perishables were due to be transferred onto Commodore Clipper’s day-time sailing today instead. Commodore Goodwill’s arrival in Jersey was delayed yesterday morning after it experienced engine problems during its approach into the Harbour.

The ship was heading in on time, at just before 6.25 am, when it stopped, turned around and headed out to sea again, marine tracking showed.

A Condor spokesman said that the vessel had experienced problems with its ‘turbocharger on the starboard engine’.

It spent about two hours near the Demie des Pas rocks, south of La Collette, before Ports of Jersey’s pilot ship, Rival, and the Island’s temporary tug, MTS Vulcan 2, were deployed to assist the vessel to come alongside its berth in Elizabeth Harbour at 9.11 am.

Speaking yesterday, the spokesman added: ‘The Goodwill is on her way back to Portsmouth for repair.

‘This means we are cancelling her round trip tonight [Tuesday] to the islands and re-accommodating freight onto tomorrow’s [Wednesday] daytime Commodore Clipper sailing from Portsmouth.

‘The repairs are expected to be completed tomorrow [Wednesday] so Goodwill can resume her normal schedule on Wednesday night.’

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