Dredging started at Ramsgate port in Brexit preparation

Aerial image of the Port of Ramsgate (Credit: John Fielding)

A dredging initiative has begun at the port at Ramsgate, in Kent, UK as an emergency measure to assist Seaborne Freight, the new start-up shipping company, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Seaborne Freight is understood to be paying for the works to clear material from the port and allow the presumed ferries to approach and dock there, on a new route between Ramsgate and Ostend, Belgium.

However, much controversy surrounds the company, with critics of the £13.8 million (USD17.6 million) UK government contract pointing out that it is speculative and that the two-year-old Seaborne Freight has, at present, no ships.

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) said to BBC that “in documents outlining the agreements, the DfT states that an ‘unforeseeable’ situation of ‘extreme urgency’ meant there was no time for the contracts to be put out to tender – the standard practice for public procurements.”