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The accident is causing short delays both ways at Southampton Road

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SOME ferry services between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands will be out of action because of work to fit pollution-reducing ‘scrubbers’.

Condor Ferries’ Commodore Clipper will be out of service from November 4.

The company said it should be back in action by December 14.

Captain Fran Collins said: ‘We are obviously extremely disappointed that the scrubbers, which are required to meet new EU regulations on sulphur emissions, could not be fitted as planned during our conventional ferries’ routine dry dock periods.

‘We have worked hard to reschedule the installation for Clipper at a time when passenger numbers are relatively low, and which will allow her to be back in service before families and friends start travelling for Christmas.

‘We have chartered MV Arrow for an additional five weeks to ensure we maintain a seamless freight supply. I’d like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience which the additional dock may cause.

‘Our customer service team is already contacting customers who were booked to travel on Clipper in November and early December. They will be offered a refund or alternative travel and we will be running extra sailings of Condor Liberation on Wednesdays.’