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:
Would the Minister advise members what advice the Economic Development Department received in relation to the suitability of the Condor Liberation for cross-Channel ferry operations and, in particular, detail what advice was received on the vessel's seaworthiness and unique design and indicate who provided that advice?"
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".
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