New freight service to launch
Harbour Facilities (St Helier) is launching a new direct and regular freight service between Jersey, France and Guernsey.
The company, under Captain Peter Crafter, had started the Granville to Jersey freight route in 2006, but most recently Mr Crafter was captain of the Rozel Shipping boat which has been servicing the route.
Harbour Facilities has bought their own vessel, the MV Thora, and they intend to provide a twice-weekly service between Normandy, Brittany, Jersey and Guernsey. They are currently awaiting confirmation of their licence from Ports of Jersey.
Operations director Edward Dunn said: ‘We will not be ignoring the route first pioneered by the company to Granville and we will indeed have secure warehousing available for deliveries to be received during working hours. However, we will also be operating from Saint-Brieuc in Brittany with similar facilities.’ The vessel, MV Thora, can carry 100 tonnes of deck cargo and 12 passengers.
It has a bow ramp and is also being fitted with a marine crane for cargo handling. It will carry building materials and any other cargo which is too heavy or awkward to be carried on the ferry.
Mr Crafter said: ‘There’s always been trade ever since we started and it’s shown growth year on year, so I am confident we will do well.’
Meanwhile, Rozel Shipping managing director Grant Feltham said his company was still trading and refused to confirm or deny if the company still owned its freight boat, the MV Grima, but said they were continuing to move freight and logistics.