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Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Channel Islands inter-island daily freight service, Iris Freight CI, has equipped its vessel 'Channel Chieftain V' with DuroWiper pantographs to allow it to operate in demanding weather conditions 364 days a year.

Iris Freight CI started by carrying newspapers between Jersey and Guernsey, but it now transports everything from farm machinery to foot passengers. It purchased its first set of Class 50 DuroWipers at Seawork International 2019.

“I run a commercial business and cannot afford to have any downtime due to visibility and bad weather, so making the right equipment choice is imperative,” said Captain David Nuth, co-owner and founder of Iris Freight CI. “Most of our work is undertaken at night and we use infra-red and spotlights. But getting a wiper system that is functional is also fundamental. The sea conditions that we encounter here can be ferocious. You can spend thousands on new engines and equipment but there is little point if you can’t see where you’re going.”

DuroWiper Class 50 systems are built to clear the entire windscreen and can operate at two different speeds for optimal performance. The Iris Freight CI service began in 2015, and prior to fitting DuroWipers, Capt Nuth had to replace the wiper systems on the vessel three times.

“Standard wipers are just not up to the job,” he said. “I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for. For me DuroWipers have transformed my job. The previous wipers only cleared part of the screen and I was replacing blades and arms at a rate of knots. These wipers are built to last so they will pay for themselves in the long-run. They also come with a three-year guarantee which is unheard of in the market and excellent after sales service.”

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