Jersey

New Channel Island sea freight service can take passengers

Freight catamaran Image copyright Iris Freight
Image caption The 14m catamaran previously operated in the North Sea servicing wind farms

A sea freight service between Jersey and Guernsey will be launched which will also transport passengers on an ad hoc basis.

The company running the service said the sailings would begin in May and run every day except Christmas Day.

Iris Freight claims it is the first daily inter-island freight service.

A 14m catamaran called Channel Chieftain Five, which previously operated in the North Sea servicing wind farms, will run the route.

The company was set up in 2015 to provide the daily delivery of the national UK newspapers, which will be printed in Jersey from 23 May, to Guernsey.

Currently, national newspapers are flown into the island in the early hours of the morning with the post, but this can be delayed or not happen at all if there is fog or disruption.

The freight boat will leave Jersey at 04:00 and arrive into Guernsey at around 06:00.

Company director and principal captain, David Nuth, said that as a daily service, they would be able to "help local businesses transport high value or small numbers of items between the islands."

Mr Nuth told the BBC the catamaran would also provide passenger transport - subject to the amount of freight on board the vessel - between the islands.

He said the cost of a single trip before group and "frequent user" discounts would be £60, but numbers would be limited to 12 passengers.

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