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Coronavirus: Ferries need financial help to survive pandemic, says trade association

Coronavirus: Ferries need financial help to survive pandemic, says trade association

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The trade association that represents ferry companies transporting goods in and out of the UK has called on the government to provide financial support quickly to keep services running.The UK Chamber of Shipping said a steep drop in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic meant it was fast becoming cheaper to stop using ships. Services are just days away from being severely reduced, the group said.The Department for Transport said it will continue to engage with companies.The majority of the UK's trade in goods is transported by sea, and up to 50% of the nation's food is imported.The UK Chamber of Shipping warned if businesses severely cut back services, then supplies of food, medical equipment and other imported goods would be put at risk. The ...
Ramsgate 'can not be ready' for Brexit ferries

Ramsgate 'can not be ready' for Brexit ferries

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The Port of Ramsgate "can not be ready" for extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the councillor for the harbour area.Seaborne Freight has been given a £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend in the event of a no-deal Brexit.However, Conservative councillor Beverly Martin says the harbour can not be ready by Brexit on 29 March.The government said facilities will be open "as soon as practicable".In a statement the Department for Transport said that "works are underway". Ramsgate has not had a regular ferry service since 2013.Seaborne's contract was one of three awarded to ease "severe congestion" at Dover, in the case of a no-deal Brexit.The contingency plans allow f...
UK to spend £108m on no-deal ferries

UK to spend £108m on no-deal ferries

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The UK will spend more than £100m chartering extra ferries to ease "severe congestion" at Dover, in the case of a no-deal Brexit.Over the last few months, additional ferry contracts were awarded to French, Danish and British companies.The contingency plans allow for almost 4,000 more lorries a week to come and go from other ports, including Plymouth, Poole, and Portsmouth.The UK Chamber of Shipping said customs procedures were a bigger problem.Chief executive Bob Sanguinetti said: "Government is rightly preparing for every eventuality... but it is not clear that government-chartered ships can move goods faster or more efficiently than the private sector.""Those goods will still need to go through the same customs procedures in ports - which is where...