Condor says it could face further disruption to its freight services because of industrial action by workers in St Malo.

On Saturday 23 May, the company was forced to cancel its Commodore Goodwill freight service between the French port and the Channel Islands after stevedores refused to load trailers destined for Jersey, Guernsey and Portsmouth without warning.

The stevedores were employed by St Malo Manutention (SMM), which offers freight and handling services to all ferry and shipping operators in St Malo.

The situation is very frustrating for our freight clients and our St Malo team, who are working hard to find alternative arrangements, as it is not the first time services have been disrupted. Over the past three years, we have seen numerous examples of such unnecessary industrial action by the stevedores which has led us to delay or cancel freight and passenger sailings.

Elwyn Dop, Condor’s Executive Director of Operations,

Condor hopes that further action will not impact on its plans to resume its passenger sailings from St Malo to Jersey, which it hopes to do as soon as possible. The company also plans to begin services to Guernsey later in the summer, subject to travel and quarantine restrictions being relaxed.