A firm which has never run a ferry service has been handed a £13.8 million contract by the government.Seaborne Freight is one of three companies that has been awarded the deal to run crossings between Ramsgate and Ostend by the Department for Transport, in what is being called “a situation of extreme urgency”.The contracts, worth £108 million in total, have been designed to boost ferry shippings in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and state that services must be operational by March 29.A contract award notice says: “The Department for Transport has awarded a contract to Seaborne Freight (UK) Ltd for the supply of additional freight capacity on ferry services between England and Belgium in order to minimise the potential disruption of trade across the Short Straits in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.”The ferry services under the contracts are to be operational by March 29.”The notice cites “extreme urgency” as the reason for not allowing other companies to compete for a tender.It states: “A situation of extreme urgency exists in the context of UK-EU roll-on-roll-off ferry capacity by virtue of the UK leaving the EU on 29.3.2019 and the prospect that this exit may… Read full this story
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