The British government has put an end to a controversial contract with a shipping company in the event of a hard Brexit. “This proves that we were right, reacts as mayor of Ostend, Bart Tommelein (Open VLD).
The newly established company Seaborne Freight would be a scheepsverbinding between the English Ramsgate and Ostend offer. The British government supported the company because it believes the route Dover-Calais with a no-deal overload will be by the necessary border controls. The ferry schedules should the supply guarantee.
The company had however still no ships. The British government was 13.8 million pounds (about 15.8 million euros) dollar contract baking criticism about him. “I refuse to apologize for supporting a new British company,” said minister Chris Grayling initially. “It is a start-up. There is nothing wrong with that.’ The deal was part of a package of three contracts for a value of 107,7 million pounds that the British government shutdown.
Seaborne Freight argued that from the end of march – when the UK normally leaving the EU – two ships can operate between Ramsgate and Ostend. For the ministry of Transport is now, however, ‘it has become clear that Seaborne Freight its contractual obligations, and would not be able to fulfil’.
The reason for the revaluation was that an Irish shipping company unexpectedly its support for Seaborne has been revoked. “The government has already advanced conversations with a number of companies to extra scheepsvrachtcapaciteit to ensure in the event of a brexit, without the deal, inter alia, in the port of Ramsgate’, according to the government.
‘Continue on the same line’
Great mayor Bart Tommelein, ships Charlotte Verkeyn and ceo of the port Dirk Declerck are not surprised about the news. “We had the right to hard economic guarantees to requirements’, it sounds. ‘Currently, We have no confirmation of the British government that they have with other partners in the negotiations. If that is the case, we are still in each case on the same line: we are in favour of a new ferrylijn but only with the necessary guarantees, both financially and in terms of safety.’
When the news became known, bond a Conservative councillor of the port immediately to the cat the bell: ‘This company owns no ships, and has in its whole existence not a single truck shipped. I understand the logic of it.”