Dutch company Seaborne Freight was seen doing dredging works at Ramsgate port on Friday, following a contract being awarded to it by the UK government as a part of 'no-deal' Brexit preparations.
The dredging will extend the small port, enabling greater access for roll-on roll-off (RORO) ships.
This could reduce the load on the main British terminals of Dover and Folkestone, due to customs... Еще operations and the increase of strain on infrastructure, if the UK leaves the European Union with no trade deal.
Seaborne Freight is one of three firms that have received the official contract designed to provide extra ferries to the UK ports. The others are French company Brittany Ferries and Danish international shipping and logistics company DFDS.
The decision to hire Seaborne Freight caused criticism, after it had turned out that it had never previously operated a ferry route and had no ships.
«I think it's a really good idea. Apart from selling and getting a company with no ships or ferries to use,» one of the resident commented on the beginning of the works.
«I've heard of Seaborne Freight. I think they have been about for a long time. They had companies in the UK as well. So, I'm sure they're quite experienced in freight movement. But, yes, they've only got to hire the ships. And hopefully it will all be okay,» said another local.