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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for July 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Condor Voyager ~ Poole Harbour Entrance - inbound 

Condor Voyager arrived in Poole early June before taking her place on Channel Island service operating from a St Malo base to Jersey, Guernsey and the UK. In February 2020 Condor Ferries' new ownership structure saw Brittany Ferries become a minority stakeholder. 2021’s ongoing Covid-19 disruption has seen increased demand for Channel Islands summer tourist traffic and continuing delays to any additional UK-France passenger services resuming. The combination of factors saw Brittany Ferries re-assigning their High Speed Craft (operated previously as Normandie Express) to Condor on charter and renamed Condor Voyager. Interesting to recall that under her former name she covered for Barfleur on the Poole-Cherbourg route in 2015. 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for July 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Condor Voyager ~ Passing Bownsea Castle - inbound  

Brittany Ferries purchased the "Normandie Express" from Incat in 2007 for £30m, having been on charter from them since 2005. Built 2000 as "Incat Tasmania", she was renamed "The Lynx" for a Tranz Rail inter-island charter in New Zealand until 2003.

Key Dimensions ... Gross Tonnage - 6,581 … Length - 97.22 m … Beam - 26.6 m … Draft - 3.43 m … Service Speed 33 knots (46.5k max.) … Capacity - 850 passengers & 267 cars ... Powered by 4 x Ruston 20RK270 engines (7080kW each) and propelled by 4 x Lips 120E water-jets.

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