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ALDERNEY SHIPPING REPLACES MV VALIANT

Thursday April 2nd, 2020
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Alderney Shipping Group has replaced “MV Valiant” The replacement vessel “Trinity” has been taken on a long-term charter, and has previously operated around the Turkish coast.

MV Valiant has been moving freight between the UK, Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney for about eight years. She undertook her last rotation last week.

The company explained that a replacement was necessary as Valiant, at nearly 30 years old, had had a difficult winter with the weather.

Trinity is 13 years old and slightly larger than Valiant, at 80m long and 12m wide.

Alderney Shipping Group managing director Bruno Kay-Mouat said the coronavirus situation meant the timing was not ideal, but it had been a long road to get the new vessel.

‘We had been looking for over 12 months,’ he said.

‘She is younger, bigger and will hopefully give us a bit more resilience.’

Although Trinity isn’t much longer than Valiant, she has a far better container capacity this is now up from 80 to 120

The vessel will do one rotation to Alderney each week, as the island’s main freight service. It will also sail between Poole, Guernsey and Jersey.

Today she arrived in Alderney and picked up several sailors. This was due to MV Trinity’s slightly unusual cargo.

On board was Spike Islander – the passenger vessel that sails between Alderney and Guernsey during the summer. Unfortunately, there was not the infrastructure to offload her in Alderney.

Once it is off-loaded in St Peter Port, the sailors will take the vessel back to Alderney.

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