Friday, September 20, 2013

Proposed Lo/Lo Service for Channel Islands Freight as New Cargo Shipping Line Launched

Investment Group Intends to Acquire Huelin Renouf Assets and Staff
Shipping News Feature

UK – A new company is planning to replace the freight service between the Channel Islands, following the demise of Huelin Renouf in August. If implemented, the new shipping company, Channel Island Lines (CIL), will charter the MV Huelin Dispatch running three return journeys a week between the islands and the UK, creating around 60 jobs and employing former staff where possible. The aim is to introduce a provisional Lift On-Lift Off (Lo/Lo) service within the next fortnight. Chairman of CIL, Paul Sands said:

"There is a significant amount of legal and regulatory work still to complete but I am confident that a new service will commence before the end of September. CIL will contact interested users to keep them fully informed."

Huelin Renouf ceased trading last month with the loss of approximately 90 jobs after operating for almost 80 years. CIL said that it hopes to purchase the assets of Huelin Renouf from Associated British Ports, which bought Huelin from the liquidator. The new firm is funded by Jersey investment company Rockayne Limited, in turn owned by four longstanding island residents. Doug Bannister, Group CEO for Ports of Jersey said,

"I’m delighted with today’s announcement by Channel Island Lines of its intention to operate a new Lo/Lo service. I am certain that customers of the former Lo/Lo operator will be pleased that this vital link is being restored."

Photo: The Channel Isles have always relied totally on ferry services for supplies. This is the Coal Quay at St. Peter Port, Guernsey taken from a pre First World War postcard.