UPDATED - Condor Liberation Returns To Service

Condor ferry

Published at 7:45am 18th March 2016. (Updated at 7:02am 21st March 2016)

Condor Ferries say the vessel is back up and running again.

Condor Liberation is back up and running again today (Saturday 19th March).

The vessel has been under detention in Poole Harbour and unable to sail since Tuesday.

The high-speed ferry service between the UK and the Channel Islands was halted over safety concerns.

The MCA re-inspected the vessel yesterday (Friday 18th March).

Here's the latest statement Wessex FM received from Condor on Friday:

Following a re-inspection this afternoon from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Condor Liberation will return to service tomorrow (Saturday 19 March).

All of the matters identified by the MCA inspection were rectified ahead of yesterday’s inspection by our Flag State and Classification Body.

Today’s re-inspection by the MCA confirms that Condor Liberation is achieving the highest standards of safety.

The contingency plans that were put in place this week will have maintained the lifeline passenger links for the Channel Islands, with around 70% of passengers offered travel on their booked day and all passengers travelling within 24 hours of their booking.

By chartering MV Arrow, we have ensured that freight services were unaffected throughout. Nevertheless, we would like to apologise to our customers who have experienced disruption and delays over the last few days or will have disrupted travel this weekend.

We want to reassure our customers that we only ever sail any of our ships when we and our regulators are satisfied that they are safe. Inspections are part of ensuring that safety and we welcome them.

Next week, Condor Rapide will return to service as scheduled on Wednesday (23 March), following her planned maintenance in dry dock, ahead of the busy Easter holiday period.