|2011 was an
eventful year for the ferry companies
This was the year
that Jersey lost the Corsaire service. The vessel carried foot
passengers only between St. Malo and Jersey. This line was
complementary to the Condor wave piercer service during the
summer season and brought numerous continental day trippers to
certainly knew that they were on a boat as it was so much
smaller, took a bit longer to go backwards and forwards and
moved more in bad weather! Boarding in Jersey
involved descending granite steps to the jetty but
disembarking was swift.
Rumour has it
that the decision to cease the service was more to do with
politics in France than financial concerns. A
shame this happened and a loss on both sides of the water.
Where is my Boat?
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digimap ais which shows real-time ship movements in the English
Please use this
for guidance only and check in as requested by your ferry
company! Remember that if the ships are in port with
transponders switched off they may not show up on the map. The
Ferry images are yellow
Magazine Articles from
Arrival of the Condor Rapide.
The vessel is a great
improvement on the previous vessel Condor 10 as it carries three times
more cars. Islanders were actually fond of the Condor 10,
preferring it to other vessels but the new Rapide is a pleasant surprise
being bright and roomy with a very much lighter interior than the 10.
The shop is bigger - very welcome - and the cafeteria better. As
Condor Rapide is very new on the route, Condor have spent some time this
year improving her interior and I hear have plans to further refurbish
the vessel this winter when, I am told, she will have a new first class
area similar to those on the two other vessels.
At present the First
Class Lounge is partitioned off from the other passengers rather than
being a dedicated room however it is very pleasant with more tables and
chairs and a great improvement on the upstairs area used for this
purpose on Condor 10.
History of Condor Rapide
The Condor Rapide is an 86
meter catamaran constructed by Incat in Tasmania and is the younger
sister of the Condors Vitesse and Express being launched in November
1997. Her first voyages were between Victoria and Tasmania and then she
was chartered by the Australian Government in 1999, named HMAS Jervis
Bay and was used for carrying troops and equipment between Darwin in
Australia and Dili during the peace keeping operations for East Timor.
When that need ended in 2001 she was chartered by an Italian company and
sailed between Genoa and Palau. The Italian company failed and she was
laid up until 2004 when Speed Ferries took her over and she was given a
new name HSC SpeedOne. We wrote a magazine article about the
launch of SpeedOne in 2004.
Click here to read it!
In late 2008 SpeedFerries went into administration until 2009 at which
stage she had been renamed Sea Leopard.
Above - Condor Rapide
upper deck dressed up
for the launch party
HD Ferries sets sail between the Channel Islands
of Jersey and Guernsey an Saint Malo. HD
Ferries took the decision to pull off the Channel Islands route in
Emeraude Ferries the End of an Era
sees the end of a ferry company that had sailed in local waters for 100
Speed Ferries went into liquidation in 2004 but in view of their vessel
now being the Condor Rapide this makes interesting reading!
the line that ran between Dover and Boulogne
Travelling from Jersey to France