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An investigation is underway after a fire broke out on a Wightlink ferry sailing between Lymington and Yarmouth last night.
The alert to the fire beneath the car deck was raised as the ship on the 9pm crossing approached the Isle of Wight. The emergency services were called to the scene when the ferry arrived at Yarmouth.
One crew member who was taken to hospital in newport has been discharged. All the passengers got off the ferry safely with their vehicles.
Wightlink say that the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed. Sailings on the Lymington to Yarmouth route have been transferred to the Portsmouth to Fishbourne service. Check the Wightlink website for more information.
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.
Peter Lay from Hythe Ferry Limited talks to ITV News Meridian about the ferry collison at Hythe Pier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.