Commodore Clipper to operate St Malo crossing for one month this winter

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CONDOR is inviting passengers to pre-book for next summer – in anticipation that it will win the new contract to run the Channel Islands ferry service.

The firm, which has served the islands for decades, is competing against Danish shipping giant DFDS to secure the tender to provide the service from March next year.

Condor says that passengers can pre-register for free for next summer at condorferries.co.uk and will be contacted by the firm to finalise their bookings “once confirmation is received that the tender has been secured”.

The operator has also released its winter schedule, during which there will be no fast-ferry services to St Malo from 10 January to 10 February.

The route will instead be operated by the conventional passenger and freight ship Commodore Clipper, with crossing times of between two and two-and-a-half hours.

Clipper and Condor Islander will also sail to and from the UK, with overnight services in both directions.

Christophe Mathieu, Condor’s chief executive, said: “Using Clipper to St Malo means we can ensure a more

resilient service and excellent timings for those planning a weekend away in winter.

“The overnight conventional sailings to and from Portsmouth have also proved to be popular so these

will continue through to next March.

‘This is our last winter schedule before the current agreement ends on Thursday 27 March so passengers can pre-register interest in sailings for next summer through our website. The timetable will be similar to this year and we are offering this option to minimise any bother or inconvenience.’

He added: “We are currently finalising our tender and believe we can demonstrate we are the right operator, with the right ships and also the right experience to continue servicing 鶹 and Guernsey into the future.”

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