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Channel Islands to UK ferry service resumes

Stuck vehicles on ferry Image copyright Kit Ashton
Image caption Vehicles were unable to leave the ferry for more than 12 hours after a ramp failed on the Commodore Clipper

A fast ferry put out of action by steering problems is back in service.

Condor's trimaran, Liberation, which serves the Channel Islands and Dorset, had not run since Friday. It left Poole for Guernsey and Jersey at 08:00 GMT.

Another of the company's cross-channel ferries - Commodore Clipper - returned to service on Monday after a ramp failure left dozens of cars trapped.

Some passengers had to wait 12 hours to disembark following the mechanical failure at Portsmouth on Saturday.

People travelling between the UK and the islands endured a weekend of disruption while both vessels underwent repairs.

Condor apologised to customers and thanked them for their understanding and patience.

Image copyright Condor Ferries
Image caption Condor Liberation sails from Poole

Condor's fleet

  • The Condor Liberation and Condor Rapide - high-speed car ferries
  • Commodore Clipper - a purpose-built conventional ferry designed for a year-round life-line service
  • Commodore Goodwill, a freight-only vessel

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