No-deal ferries in doubt as Irish firm withdraws its financial backing

Tolga Akmen  Getty Images

Tolga Akmen Getty Images

Seaborne Freight was awarded the £13.8m contract in December to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend, Belgium, in the event that Britain leaves the European Union without a deal. We have therefore chose to terminate our agreement.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: "It became clear Seaborne would not reach its contractual requirements with the government".

A no-deal Brexit ferry contract awarded to a company with no ferries has been canceled by the United Kingdom government after the firm's backer, an Irish shipping company, pulled out.

The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the contract had been terminated on Saturday morning after Irish company Arklow Shipping, which had backed Seaborne Freight, stepped away from the deal.

Ocasio-Cortez Gaslights ‘Green New Deal’
Carlson asked Hockett about the Green New Deal guaranteeing "economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work". A now-deleted " Green New Deal FAQ " published on Ocasio-Cortez's website, however, did use the phrase "unwilling to work".


"When is the PM going to take action and accept that Chris Grayling is not up to the job", the party said.

It said the government was "in advanced talks with a number of companies to secure additional freight capacity" if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne told BBC Radio 4's Today: 'It's just another example of a major disaster on the hands of Chris Grayling, who actually must now really class as the worst Secretary of State ever'.

"Whilst Theresa May needs the few friends she has right now, we can not have this incompetent transport secretary carry on heaping humiliation after humiliation on our country".

PSG-Bordeaux : qui jouera à Manchester, Verratti… Tuchel fait le point
Il en tout cas important que Paredes joue autant que possible pour trouver des automatismes avec ses partenaires. Je dois discuter avec les médecins mais je pense qu'ils pourront jouer, même si ce ne sera pas 90 minutes.


"It is one catastrophe to another with Chris Grayling".

The government said that no taxpayer money has been transferred to Seaborne.

At the time, the government said that it awarded the contract "in the full knowledge that Seaborne is a new shipping provider" and said that the company had been "carefully vetted".

In late December 2018, the government confirmed that the United Kingdom was to spend more than £100m on extra ferries to ease "severe congestion" at Dover, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Danai Gurira Reportedly Exiting 'The Walking Dead' In Season 10
The announcement of her departure strikes another massive blow to the hit series after Andrew Lincoln left late a year ago . Her appearances will be limited to only a few episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter .


Seaborne had been contracted to provide services between Ramsgate in southeast England and the Belgian port of Ostend to ease pressure on the busiest cross-Channel route between Dover, England, and Calais, France. Ramsgate has not had a regular ferry service since 2013 and needs to be dredged before services can start.

Latest News