CREW sickness and a faulty ramp in Elizabeth Harbour have caused disruption to ferry and freight services this week.
The eastern ferry ramp at the harbour, which was repaired in March, has been taken out of service, Ports of Jersey confirmed.
The issue is being investigated by engineers, and in the meantime this has meant that only one ship can unload at one time using the western ramp. Ports of Jersey said it was working with ferry operators to minimise disruption to shipping.
Condor said that the ramp problem left the company with ‘no option’ but to alter the schedule for tomorrow’s Voyager services between Jersey and St Malo, while yesterday’s Commodore Clipper services between Jersey, Guernsey and Portsmouth also ran to a revised timetable.
Condor added that sickness among essential members of staff had caused the cancellation of the morning Voyager services between Jersey and St Malo yesterday, although the evening sailings were able to operate as normal.
Illness also caused the ferry operator to amend last Sunday’s Voyager schedule for Jersey, Guernsey and St Malo.
A Condor spokesperson apologised for the disruption, pointing out that the problem relating to the ramp was beyond the company’s control and that no further issues with crew sickness were expected. Any further adjustments to services caused by the ramp problem would be notified to passengers following discussions with Ports of Jersey, the spokesperson added.