Condor liberation commences services across the english channel
Austal congratulates Condor Ferries on the commencement of services by the 102m trimaran ferry, Condor Liberation between the South Coast of England and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey today.
The launch of the new ferry was held in both Guernsey and Jersey over the weekend of 21st and 22nd March 2015; with thousands of excited residents, visitors and VIP guests attending open days to inspect the £50 million vessel. After its first official inter-island sailing, travelling from St Peter Port in Guernsey to St Helier Harbour in Jersey, Condor Liberation was blessed by the Acting Dean of Jersey, Geoff Houghton.
Austal’s Vice President of International Sales and Marketing, Dave Shiner, who attended the open day on Guernsey, said the launch of Condor Liberation was a great demonstration of Condor Ferries’ commitment to the residents of and visitors to the Channel Islands - and Austal’s leadership in commercial maritime technology.
Designed and constructed by Austal, the Auto Express 102m incorporates an iconic, all aluminium trimaran hull design - and Austal’s proprietary ‘Ride Control’ technology - that delivers greater speed, improved fuel consumption, greater passenger comfort and enhanced seakeeping capabilities.
Austal completed a major optimization program for the 37 knot vessel, which boasts capacity for 880 passengers and 245 cars, in December 2014, prior to delivery to Condor Ferries.
Condor Liberation will provide regular vehicle / passenger ferry services between the Channel Islands and the UK, offering a daily service from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.
I would like to offer my congratulations to Condor Ferries on the successful launch of Condor Liberation. Austal is proud to have designed and constructed this impressive ship and we now look forward to delivering through-life support to Condor Ferries as the vessel serves the passengers wishing to travel across the English Channel between the Channel Islands and the UK.