Boatless no-deal Brexit ferry firm begin hiring staff

A dredger removes silt from the former port of Ramsgate. Image: Getty

Friday, January 25, 2019

Seaborne Freight - the firm awarded a £13.8m contract to run ferry services in the event of a no-deal - has started hiring staff just two months before Brexit day.

The firm, which came under fire for having no boats, is currently advertising for a stevedore and an operations assistant, which both require hands-on experience with vessels.

When asked by talkRADIO whether they had secured boats yet, Seaborne Freight said vessel and port agreements were "at an advanced stage".



In a statement, they said: "Our plans to reintroduce the Ramsgate to Ostend freight ferry service are progressing well, with services due to commence in March 2019.

"Vessel and port agreements are at an advanced stage and dredging in the Port of Ramsgate is nearing completion. The work is weather dependent, but we expect to finish very close to schedule”.

Seaborne Freight attracted further criticism earlier this year, after it appeared to have copied the terms and conditions on its website from a takeaway menu.

In a now-deleted section of the terms and conditions, it makes reference to a "delivery driver", and asks customers to make sure they have provided the correct address.