Industrial action cancels first St Malo ferries since March

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PLANS to resume ferry services between Jersey and St Malo this weekend have hit the buffers after French stevedores announced that they would prevent any ship from docking at the Brittany port.

Condor Rapide – the vessel which plies the route between St Malo and the Channel Islands (28736316)

The industrial action follows the collapse of SMM – a company which had provided freight and baggage handling services at the city's harbour up until last week.

Now, Condor says it has been left with no choice but to cancel passenger services to and from St Malo on Friday (3 July), Saturday (4 July) and Sunday (5 July) along with a freight service between the Channel Islands and St Malo on Saturday (4 July).

If the States vote to reopen the borders on 3 July, the services would have been the first to operate since 22 March.

Elwyn Dop, Condor's executive director, said: 'We are bitterly disappointed that we cannot restart to St Malo after three long months with no passenger sailings.

'The threats of industrial action mean it is simply not possible to operate until this situation is resolved so disruption to passengers and freight customers is inevitable.

'The irony is not lost on us that the Government of Jersey is currently debating whether the borders reopen which might allow us to resume sailings.'

Condor says it is now working with French authorities to come up with a long-term solution to the problem.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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