Condor has been forced to cancel its first passenger sailing since March due to industrial action by stevedores in St Malo.
The ferry operator was resuming its St Malo to Jersey service this Friday. However, stevedores employed by St Malo Manutention (SMM), which went into liquidation last week, are planning to prevent any ships from arriving or departing this weekend.
‘We are bitterly disappointed that we cannot restart to St Malo after three long months with no passenger sailings. The threats of industrial action mean it is simply not possible to operate until this situation is resolved so disruption to passengers and freight customers is inevitable,’ said Elwyn Dop, Condor’s Executive Director – Operations.
‘The irony is not lost on us that the Government of Jersey is currently debating whether the borders re-open which might allow us to resume sailings.
‘Our hopes therefore of supporting the inbound tourism economies for the remainder of the season and providing travel options for islanders are now sadly having to be temporarily putback due to circumstances out of our control.’
Condor had scheduled services on Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, all of which have now been cancelled, along with the weekly freight round trip between St Malo, the Channel Islands and Portsmouth, scheduled for this Saturday.