ramsgate port

Polferries in talks with Thanet council about the Port of Ramsgate

One of Poland’s biggest ferry companies, Polferries is reportedly currently in talks with Thanet council about bringing back to the life the Port of Ramsgate.

Polferries is the largest passenger and freight operator in its country; it operates services across the Baltic Sea between Scandinavia and Poland. They operate three ferries with their main terminal located in Gdansk.

It is understood that the company held talks with Thanet Council officials recently, however, sources in Kent have reported that the true extent of their intentions at this moment in time is unknown.

Thanet Council had recently appointed an industry expert this year to assess if it’s possible the port could become viable once more.

Robert Hardy, of Paradox, was asked to lead investigations into reviving the port as a commercial venture. Robert has over 35 years of experience in the European transport industry, however, there is a question of doubt over whether or not the port can be resurrected given the proximity of Dover.

"The team... has been in discussions with several interested parties, both in the UK and on the continent" - Thanet council

A statement issued by the council said

"It had been working on re-establishing ferry services at Ramsgate for two years, investing in dredging and repairs of the 'ro-ro' berths."

There has been no cross-channel operation at the port since the 2013 bankruptcy of TransEuropa, who operated ferries into Ostend in Belgium, leaving the council facing unpaid berthing fees of £3.4m.

We will keep you updated on the story over the coming months, and of course, we will update you should any new routes become available.

02 August 2017

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