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The "suitability" and "seaworthiness" of the new Condor Liberation were debated in the States of Jersey today.
Deputy Russell Labey of St Helier asked the following question of Senator Lyndon Farnham, Minister for Economic Development:
Senator Lyndon Farnham replied by saying he is confident Condor Ferries took all due diligence to ensure the Liberation is suitable, before it began operating in the Channel Islands.
He said there have been disappointing delays for passengers on the Liberation, and that a suitability review is to be carried out.
But he said "ill-informed", "inaccurate" and "scaremongering" comments about the boat are causing "untold damage to the company, and tourism in Jersey".
Condor Ferries has announced a review into the "suitability" and "performance" of the Condor Liberation.
It's been commissioned by the company and the States of Guernsey and States of Jersey.
The reviewers will be announced in early June.
Condor Liberation's crash into Guernsey's Harbour in March was down to being buffeted by strong winds, a new report has found.
On only its second day of service in the islands, the £50million new ferry crashed into the No. 1 berth in St Peter Port and was out of action for more than a week.
Released this morning, the report from Condor's internal investigation described how on arrival at St Peter Port, the crew tried to land against berth 2, but had to reassess due to the weather.
They then tried to dock on berth 1, using an automatic setting but when the wind picked up, the ship landed heavily on the steel piling on the dock.
The report says that although all the staff on-board were adequately trained and the weather conditions were expected, instead of using the 'auto' setting to manoeuvre the ship, the crew might have been better doing it manually.
The report also stated that the fendering on some of the berths in the Channel Island, French and UK Ports aren't suitable for high speed craft like the Liberation.
Some are constructed of steel piles, supported by limited rubber mounts. The surface area presented for the ship to land on is minimal on many of these piles, and the degree of load absorption offered is often very low.
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Executives from the company met with Ministers from Guernsey to discuss the problems that have affected the Condor Liberation.