Condor’s new ship – Dover mishap test – Gibraltar queues

Last updated 19:15 BST.

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NEWS: Condors’ new boat – Emergency incident, Dover – Putin’s new Limo – Gib queues.

Channel delays: P&O Calais-Dover 19:55 and Dover-Calais 21:20 30min delay. DFDS Dover-Calais 30min delay, Dover-Dunkirk 20min delay for ‘operational reasons’.

Weather alerts: Amber alert for high winds east Germany, southern Italy and Montenegro; snow and ice south east Finland; and storms Greece.

Weather: Mainly dry in the west. Warmest in Spain.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Gibraltar. The Royal Navy has departed and the European Commission’s ‘flash’ Inspection Team has been and gone, but queues are still on going at the Spanish frontier. Relatively low level compared to earlier in the Summer but two hour queues are not uncommon and they happen without warning. ‘How did we go from no queue to this in less than half an hour? What a carry on!!!’ tweeted local journalist @JamesNeish – along with this photo – this evening.

Gibraltar. The Royal Navy has departed and the European Commission’s ‘flash’ Inspection Team has been and gone, but queues are still on going at the Spanish frontier. Relatively low level compared to earlier in the Summer but two hour delays are common and happen without warning. ‘How did we go from no queue to this in less than half an hour? What a carry on!!!’ tweeted local journalist @JamesNeish – along with this photo – this evening.

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All being well, this is Condor Ferries' new boat:

All being well, this will be Condor Ferries’ new boat: a 102m trimaran from Australian builder Austal (pic courtesy of www.austal.com.au). It’s been on the market for three years according to the local Aussie press but still comes with a £50m price tag. The stumbling block is whether Condor can win a new licence after the current deal with Jersey & Guernsey expires in 2018: the company needs a long run to commit that kind of cash. Talks are proceeding well says Condor MD James Fulford according to the BBC. After some trouble free months over the Summer, mechanical unreliability is beginning to hit Condor’s schedule again: the last two Monday’s have seen disruption with more to come this Friday. Meanwhile Jersey Port starts a £5.5m project to revamp berthing facilities early next month.

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Dover – a P&O ferry will be commandeered next month as port authorities stage a mock incident to test emergency services’ response. The unnamed vessel – which won’t be carrying paying passengers – will issue an alert signal mid-Channel on Saturday 9 November and be greeted back in Dover by police, fire, ambulance, coastguard as well as local council reps, G4S and the Border Force. Facilities will include the grisly-named ‘Survivors’ Reception Centre’.

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Formula One team Marussia’s car making division is deeply involved with the development of President Putin’s much anticipated official limousine. The $370m ‘Motorcade Project’ will spawn a whole range of official vehicles, including escort cars, minivans, saloons, limousines and SUV off-roaders with the first prototypes to appear 2014/15. Full scale production, numbering up to 20,000 units per year, should start in 2017/18 according to TASS news agency. We reported in September that automobile research unit NAMI has been appointed to oversee the project. Now Marussia has been announced as technical partner, with further input from Porsche and automotive suppliers Magna and Continental. While the limousines are likely to be badged ZIL, the spin off SUVs are likely to be called Marussias.

Formula One team Marussia’s car making division is deeply involved with the development of President Putin’s much anticipated official limousine (early render above). The $370m ‘Motorcade Project’ will spawn a whole range of official vehicles, including escort cars, minivans, saloons, limousines and SUV off-roaders with the first prototypes to appear 2014/15. Full scale production, numbering up to 20,000 units per year, should start in 2017/18 according to TASS news agency. We reported in September that automobile research unit NAMI has been appointed to oversee the project. Now Marussia has been announced as technical partner, with further input from Porsche and automotive suppliers Magna and Continental. While the limousines are likely to be badged ZIL, the spin off SUVs are likely to be called Marussias.

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