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Ferry's damaged propeller removed

A Condor ferry being lifted out of the water
The vessell's damaged propeller will be removed and replaced in two stages

Repairs are set to begin later a Condor Ferries vessel after one of its propeller shafts failed last month.

For the past fortnight Condor 10, which operates between the Channel Islands, France and the UK, has been running on just three of its four engines.

On Monday night engineers in Cherbourg will winch the catamaran out of the water to remove the damaged propeller.

She will then resume crossings on an amended timetable on Wednesday before the new prop is fitted at the end June.

Simon Edsall, Condor Ferries' Managing Director, said: "Condor has gone to additional expense to have Condor 10 lifted out of the water twice but we felt that it was the only way to minimise the inconvenience for our passengers.

"Although she will be out of service on two separate occasions, we have worked hard to schedule this for just 24 hours at a time during the quietest part of the week.

"We apologise to all our customers for this unexpected inconvenience and hope that they can bear with us for just a little bit longer."

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