Quad-jet Powered Cat Launched
All American Marine, Inc., announced the launch of the Condor Express, Southern California's first quad-jet powered catamaran charter boat. The catamaran's new owner, Capt. Fred Benko, set out recently from Bellingham's Cruise Terminal for Santa Barbara, where the boat will be used for whale watching tours and other functions between Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. The Condor Express is All American Marine's 10th Teknicraft high-speed aluminum power catamaran. In addition to serving both tourists and scientists interested in whale watching, the boat will also be used for dinner cruises, weddings and other celebrations, as well as marine education for children.
Condor Ferries Sells 2 Vessels to Greek Firm
Condor Ferries has confirmed it is selling two ferries - Condor Vitesse and Condor Express - to make way for the new super ferry. The vessels, built in Tasmania in 1997 and 1998, have been sold to Greek firm Seajets for an undisclosed sum. The two ferries currently operate between Guernsey, Jersey and the U.K. They will be replaced on the service by a GBP50mln Austal-class vessel, which was bought earlier this year, and has yet to be given a name. Due to the size of the vessel, known as Condor 102, the company will no longer sail to Weymouth and will only go to Poole.
Condor Catamaran to Drydock at UK's A&P Shipyard
A&P Falmouth is soon to drydock the 'Condor Express', one of the aluminium fast cats operated by Condor Ferries. Falmouth regularly drydocks the conventional Condor ferries, Condor Clipper and Condor Goodwill, but will now also see the aluminium catamaran Condor Express arrive for drydocking during November. Work will include hull painting, exhaust repairs, stern door repairs, aluminium hull repairs, removal of main engine crankshaft and the overhaul of T Foil flaps, trim tab flaps and separator buckets. This is one of three aluminium high-speed catamaran ferries owned by Condor Ferries.
APL Enhances Asia–Latin America Network
APL, ocean carriers, providing world-class container shipping and terminal services, has announced the launch of the Quetzal Express (QEX) service, a new weekly service that directly connects the key markets of China, Mexico and West Coast South America. APL, part of the CMA CGM said that the QEX service promises the industry’s fastest transit time of 22 days from South China to Mexico. It is also the only service that offers a direct connection from Taiwan, Central and South China to Puerto, Quetzal and Guayaquil.