London, United Kingdom (PortSEurope) October 14, 2020 – The UK government has signed agreements with four ferry operators to provide capacity equivalent to over 3,000 lorries (HGVs) per week, in order to secure capacity and reduce the risk of disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period. The contracts with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena, together worth £77.6 million, will focus on nine
routes serving eight ports in areas less likely to experience disruption. The ports include Felixstowe, Harwich, Hull, Newhaven, Poole, Portsmouth, Teesport and Tilbury. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As the transition period comes to an end, we’re putting the necessary measures in place to safeguard the smooth and successful flow of freight”. Securing these contracts ensures that irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations, lifesaving medical supplies and other critical goods can continue to enter the UK from the moment we leave the EU. The contracts will be valid for up to six months after the end of the transition period. Contracts were awarded through the successful use of the government’s Freight Capacity Framework, which sees a shortlist of experienced freight operators bid for contracts. Routes out of Dover and Folkestone across the Short Strait remain a vital corridor for trade between the UK and mainland Europe. These routes have played a key role this year in maintaining the flow of critical goods into the country throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The government continues to work with key local stakeholders and industry to prepare for the end of the transition period. Source: UK Government – OGL
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