BBC South East's investigative reporter, Glenn Campbell, appears to have been looking into Euroferries for some time, and next Monday 8 Feb 2010, readers will be able to watch at 7.30 pm, his answers to the question 'Will Euroferries start a new ferry service?' (from Ramsgate). A 'must see' programme, I would suggest.
Readers should be aware that the BBC South East's 'chief sleuth' reported in 2006 on Euroferries efforts to start a service from Dover ( some will recall the 'Spirit of Ontario' saga) and last year had our Deputy Leader, 'Woger' Latchford stuttering before the camera on the subject of Euroferries proposed Ramsgate -Boulogne service. Will he feature again?
Regular readers will be well aware that 'Strife' has taken a very cautious stand about Euroferries claims to deliver a service from Ramsgate since February last year and this caution has been justified after 3 start dates have come and gone and poor old Bonanza Express has had Euroferries logos painted on and off TWICE!
It would seem that not only did Fred Olsen deadlines for 'hire' and money not get met but that a PR Firm taken on by Euroferries has had some problems of a similar nature. What is one to make of this ?:
'The Staging House Limited was engaged by Euroferries on 5th March 2009; we understood that our role would be to act as Euroferries' Marketing Team. We were instructed to distribute a press release, which had already been approved by Euroferries Directors, targeting local press and maritime organisations. We duly did so in good faith, believing the clients to be in a position to meet the expectations that the press release would create. Unfortunately, we were never placed in a position by Euroferries to respond to press and customers enquiries. When it became clear (shortly after our initial engagement) that we could not complete our job effectively, we declined to continue representing Euroferries and we have had no contact from the company or any of its representatives since that time. We have not been paid for any of our work to date."
The Staging House
I think that any-one interested in what we in Thanet all wished for, a service between Ramsgate and Boulogne, should tune in next Monday!