UK spends £108 on ferries out-BBC News

These are external links and will be in a new window close the Brexit image of the sharing panel Copyright AFP The United Kingdom emits more than 100 m of additional ferries to facilitate “severe congestion” in Dover, in case of non-Brexit treatment.
In recent months, additional ferry contracts have been awarded to French, Dutch and British companies.
Contingency plans allow nearly 4 000 more trucks per week to come and drive from other ports, including Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth.
The leader of Lib DEM, Sir Vince Cable, described the movement as a “complete madness “.
“The government has the power not to stop” at any time, but rather spends millions on last-minute contracts, “he said.
“The fact that this money goes mainly to European companies is nothing less ironic, making Great Britain a ridiculous action on the world stage.”
The Ministry of Transport (DfT) stated that the prices were “a small but important element” in its planning without agreement. In the documents describing the agreements, the DfT points out that an “unpredictable” situation of “extreme urgency” meant that there was no time for contract awards-common practice for public procurement.
However, the BBC understands that a number of companies are being considered and that there has been a process of private negotiation.
The Department also notes that the increase in border controls by EU countries in the event of a non-agreement BREX-Blake Boupest “could lead to the delivery of overdue critical assets ” and “a major disruption in the British economy and the road network in Kent. “In a statement, a spokesman for DfT stated that the contracts would provide” significant additional capacity “to UK ports in case of non-Deal Brexit, but stressed that the Government was still committed to an agreement with the EU.
Three suppliers received a total of £101.7 m: £46.6 m to the French firm Brittany Ferries £47.3 m to the Danish shipping company DFDS 13.8 m to the British firm Seaborne Freight The three companies will provide services to expand the fleets of ships of “roll-on/ Roll-off “, to transport trucks across the channel.
The additional excess, equivalent to approximately 10% of the existing traffic across the Dover Sea, will provide up to half a million tonnes of additional capacity per month.
Trucks that are diverted to other ports can be expected to pay the standard fare for their modified routes. Contingency plans allow nearly 4 000 more trucks per week to cross ports like Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth.
The BBC understands that the three selected companies will retain part of their price, even if their services are no longer necessary as a result of an agreement with Brussels.
In this case, however, the government would then try to resell the additional capacity on the market.
Brittany Ferries told the BBC that he was charged with adding 19 weekly trips to three of his itineraries: Roscoff in Plymouth, Cherbourg in Poole and Le Havre in Portsmouth-an increase of 50% in the current schedule.
Other companies are considered to complement the services of Imde and Felixstowe. “Last minute Rush ” Gus Tugendhat, the founder of the Tussell data firm, who brought the BBC contracts to attention, criticized his late arrival.
“This is one more test of the last-minute rush to implement Brexit’s emergency planning,” he said.
“With so little time, it seems that the normal bidding procedures could not be followed.” Related Topics