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Cladyman

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giftgrub

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Strange decision to spend this money

https://www.rte.ie/amp/1019448/

Anyone know who Seabourne are ?

ferryfan

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Strange decision to spend this money

https://www.rte.ie/amp/1019448/

Anyone know who Seabourne are ?
Seabourne are the outfit that has being proposing and talking about re-opening the defunct Ramsgate-Ostend freight route for over a year now, I don't think they have any vessels.
Why this story is making news today is a bit strange Euro news carried the story about two weeks ago?
https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/18/keeping-trade-flowing-after-brexit-wont-be-plain-sailing

giftgrub

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Strange news alright, guess the press just picked it up.

Just does not make sense, as

“Brittany Ferries told the BBC it was contracted to add 19 weekly return sailings to three of its routes: Roscoff to Plymouth, Cherbourg to Poole and Le Havre to Portsmouth - a 50% increase on its current schedule.”

Surely if there was a massive spike in demand for services companies like BF would change their schedules anyway to maximize the business they can do and run schedules much more intensively on these crossings. Even redeployment of fleet to maximize the chance to make money.

Now the Government are paying them nearly 50 million to add more crossings ? !

And then giving 14 million to a company with no routes/ships to provide crossings- bizarre.




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Strange decision to spend this money

https://www.rte.ie/amp/1019448/

Anyone know who Seabourne are ?
Seabourne are the outfit that has being proposing and talking about re-opening the defunct Ramsgate-Ostend freight route for over a year now, I don't think they have any vessels.
Why this story is making news today is a bit strange Euro news carried the story about two weeks ago?
https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/18/keeping-trade-flowing-after-brexit-wont-be-plain-sailing

The difference is the contracts have actually been awarded now, rather than just discussions held. 
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Cladyman

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From what I have been reading on here and elsewhere there is supposed to be a bit of a shortage of ferry stock at the moment, where is it coming from?

Where is BF going to get Ferry from. Is there that much slack in current utilisation.  We have all seen how long Yeats delayed so can’t relay on Honfleur delivery date just yet. 

Also my view is ICG seen what was happening with British govt and likely to have known figures banded about.  There communication re Rosslare has always used word “unlikely”.   Given how long they have messed about with schedule delaying another month to get 10m off the govt would be a good corporate strategy, even if it did annoy customers.


giftgrub

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Someone has realized Seaborne do not have any business as the moment.

https://www.rte.ie/amp/1019649/
Last Edit: December 31, 2018, 12:04:08 AM by giftgrub

ferryfan

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The Seaborne contract was big news on the BBC yesterday, a company with no ships, no staff, no assets getting a £14 million contract, makes sense!

ccs

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This gave me a laugh on twitter earlier  ;D

Keith Searle  @kwrs 12h12 hours ago
Photos are emerging of the consortium that have been handed the Ramsgate to Ostend contract to run from March. #itsnearerthetruththanyouthink


Cladyman

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46748193

Maybe we should all club together - do a better job than these guys!

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46748193

Maybe we should all club together - do a better job than these guys!

My favourite bit is the "log in" on their website is an image that links to google.

Long as I don't have to build a booking engine, i'm in!

giftgrub

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You could not make this stuff up, just bizarre.

Given the size of companies like Stena and P&O were not given contracts because they did not have capacity they give the Seaborne people a contract, on documents posted on the Facebook the four Ferries they intended to use are owned/operated by Tirrena and by my reckoning of the four only three actually exist as one seems to have been named twice with an old name and new name.