03 Jan 2019
The transport secretary has defended awarding a 14 million-pound contract for shipping goods after Brexit to a new ferry company that owns no ships.
The government last week awarded three contracts to charter extra ferries to ease congestion if the United Kingdom fails to secure a trade deal before leaving the European Union in March.
The smallest contract was won by Seaborne Freight, a British business that has never previously operated a ferry route, raising concern about whether the new service would be ready.
“I make no apologies for supporting a new British business,” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told BBC radio on Wednesday.
“We have looked very carefully at this business. We have put in place a tight contract to make sure they can deliver for us.”
– By Andrew MacAskill and Jonathan Saul, Reuters, 2 January 2018.
Link to Reuters.
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