Can ‘no ships’ ferry firm really save Ramsgate?
Locals divided on whether Seaborne Freight is the solution to the port’s problems
Flanked by seagulls against a powder-blue sky, a dredger is on day two of its low-rumbling shuffle across Ramsgate harbour. The job of excavating two-and-a-half metres of mud from the port is slow and dull. But the UK’s only royal harbour has become the site of fevered debate as it prepares to turn into “a second Dover” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
With only 11 weeks to go and a £13.8m government contract awarded by transport secretary Chris Grayling to Seaborne Freight, a firm with no track record to run Ramsgate’s proposed ferry route to Ostend, the pressure is on.
It’s all a load of hogwash, Seaborne aren’t equipped to deal with a £14m contract. They haven’t got a port to piss in
Source: Guardian Transport