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Breaking News - Condor Leaving Weymouth

(Austal 102 high speed ferry

7:39am 20th August 2014

It looks like Condor are leaving Weymouth.

The ferry company have announced this morning they have completed the purchase of their new high speed vessel.

The Austal 102 will be based at Poole Port and will replace the Vitesse which will finish operating in Weymouth in Spring 2015.

CEO James Fulford commented: “I am delighted to announce that we are now proud owners of the Austal 102.  This represents £50m of investment in our Islands and it will enable us to improve reliability, increase capacity, and give our guests a much greater level of comfort.

We plan to introduce the 102 in spring 2015 and, in the months ahead, we will be sharing more details about this superb new ship and announcing ways in which Islanders can be involved in our preparations.”

James Fulford added: “Poole is a modern and well-connected port, well-liked by our customers.

We recognise that this is disappointing news for Weymouth.  However, given the need for berth improvements and an Environmental Impact Assessment, Weymouth is not currently in a position to accommodate the 102.

Reaching a medium-term arrangement with Poole will give certainty to our customers, our Islands, and Poole Harbour Commissioners, whilst also allowing enough time for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council to establish their long term plans for their port.

We will continue to operate Condor Vitesse from Weymouth until spring 2015, when we introduce the 102.”

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