The Arrow has been based in Poole since the beginning of December and will remain at the Dorset port until early January.
It will remain on standby to support Condor’s freight operation provided by the passenger and freight vessel Commodore Clipper and freight-only Goodwill, if required.
Paul Luxon, Condor’s chief executive, said: ‘This is a significant extra investment on the part of Condor, which is a private company operating without subsidy, but we’re convinced it’s the right thing to do as having the Arrow on call increases our resilience and flexibility during the busy few weeks of the festive period.
‘For example, with stormy weather likely, this arrangement would allow us to increase car deck capacity on the Clipper for use by passengers and their vehicles while maintaining the freight supply chain on the Goodwill and Arrow.’
Condor entered a shared three-year charter for MV Arrow earlier this year to cover dry docks and has now arranged for the ship to be available within 36 to 48 hours if needed.
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