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Future set fair for Newhaven-Dieppe ferry

The future of the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry looks more hopeful, after a delegation from Sussex held talks in France.

The service is currently operated by the Danish company DFDS, and subsidised by the French.

But the cross-Channel rivals Eurotunnel mounted a legal challenge, claiming that's unfair competition.

Now, a new contract has been put out to tender. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, and Steve Saunders, Mayor of Newhaven.

Ferry to resume normal service

The Condor Liberation ferry Credit: ITV News Meridian

A ferry serving Dorset could return to normal service tomorrow after safety concerns.

The Condor Liberation, which runs from Poole to the Channel Islands, had been detained by Maritime Authorities after an inspection on Tuesday. It had been having engineering problems since its launch a year ago.

Condor say all of the matters highlighted in the MCA's inspection have now been rectified.

Decision on ferry terminal redevelopment due today

The Red Funnel ferry and high speed Red Jet carries passengers from Southampton to the Isle of Wight Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Plans for a multi million pound new ferry terminal in Southampton could be given the go ahead tonight.

Councillors are meeting to decide if they will approve the Red Funnel terminal. It would be the first part of a £450 million redevelopment at the Royal Pier.

If it's given the green light, work will begin later this year.


New £6m catamaran for Red Funnel

Work on a new £6m state-of-the-art catamaran will start on the Isle of Wight this summer - as Red Funnel has announced it's to build the first high-speed vessel of its type in the UK for 15 years. Fifty jobs will be created on the island with the construction of 'Red Jet 6', which will enter service across the Solent next year. Dave Russell reports.

Video: Condor's new ferry arrives in Poole

Condor 102 – the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – arrived into the UK this morning, sailing into her UK base of Poole. The ship is the first of her kind in Northern Europe.

Watched by keen on-lookers and escorted by a tug, Condor 102 sailed past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port.

The arrival concludes her long journey from Cebu in the Philippines, from where she departed on 4 December. During her 10,500 nautical mile journey she has sailed across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and via the Mediterranean before travelling up the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.

Condor 102 will now go through a period of customisation in Poole with a full internal fit out completed by interior refurbishment specialists Trimline. She will also complete a series of sea trials in the UK and the Channel Islands before she officially comes into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.

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Condor 102 arrives in Poole today Credit: Condor Ferries

The latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – Condor 102 – will arrive in the UK today, completing her maiden voyage into her new base of Poole.

Escorted by a tug, Condor 102 will sail past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port at approximately 1000.

Her arrival will conclude her 10,500 nautical mile journey from Cebu in the Philippines. The sleek new state-of-the-art 102m trimaran represents £50m of investment in the route to the Channel Islands.

The best vantage point will be from the Sandbanks peninsula, along Poole Harbour or from Baiter Park.

After sea trials, Condor 102 will come into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.

Ferry services under threat from new pollution rules

Cross-channel ferry fares could soar by a third in the New Year when the European Union introduces tough new restrictions on maritime pollution.

From next month, ferry operators must use expensive low-emission fuel - or install filtering systems costing millions.

They say the move threatens the future of many routes - and hundreds of jobs. John Ryall reports.

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