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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2024 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Condor Voyager ~ at South Quay, Poole - January 2024 

Condor Voyager arrived in Poole on the morning of Saturday 6th January having crossed from St. Malo empty. Darryl Morrell was on hand to capture these two great photos of Condor Voyager deploying her Marine Evacuation System for required safety drills and tests, She then sailed to Cherbourg the following morning (Sunday 7th) for refit. In 2020 Condor Ferries' new ownership structure saw Brittany Ferries became stakeholder. In 2021 Brittany Ferries re-assigned their High Speed Craft (operated previously as "Normandie Express") to Condor on charter and renamed her Condor Voyager. 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2024 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Condor Voyager at South Quay, Poole - January 2024

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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