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A few things on Seaborne Freight (UK), the company that was awarded a few millions to run a new ferry service.
(*Not* to be mistaken with Seaborne Group Seaborne Freight UK division -despite the lazy website handling-, not running ferries but shipping a lot of stuff worldwide.)
#BreakingNews from France:
Seaborne freight is to use 3 ferries.
One comes from the firm that had French Seaborne Freight director on board & sank -The first one (Seafrance), not My Ferry Link-replacing the sunk one- that also had French Seaborne Freight director on board & sank.
This is from a French Union Newsletter.
Why would a French Union care?
Well they are mad because this project was app. imagined by local transporters -together with UK company SF.
French ports refused it as the company was deemed "not serious enough".…
French ports wanted a safety deposit of €5/6m -surely nothing to do w/ the fact both firms that had SF French director on board sank into debts.
-According to this article, "sink into debts" looks like Seaborne freight's directors main area of expertise.…
Please note that French seamen (laid off by the -sunk- company with SF French director on board that replaced the previous -sunk- company with SF French director on board) are furious anyway because they are still looking for a job and saw this as an opportunity.
The thing is...
The point of Seaborne Freight is slash prices.
And hire French seamen would have been a problem here (workers rights protection, powerful unions, aso).
Instead SF will use Gibraltar flags and Dutch temporary contracts that will be way cheaper (no social protection included.)
There you have it.
Ppl who happened to be senior executives in quite a few companies that sank into debts leaving behind hundred of unemployed ppl will be offering a discount service under a Gibraltar flag w/ workers who'll get Dutch temp contracts in the name of UK sovereignty.
Meet the MS Nord Pas-de-Calais (now called the Al Andalus Express), Seaborne Freight's 1st known ferry (out of three).
(But surely the French saying "Jamais deux sans trois", suggesting SF could be the 3rd company using it to sink into debts) won't verify.…
Why would this company that just got roughly *£14 million* -a lot of money, right?- sink into debts?
Also, note that according to this article, SF would start with 2 ferries and have 4 by the summer, thanks to contracts they signed with people apparently not aware of it.
Oh -and, oh right!- This newsletter people dates back to *March 2018*.
FTR it says the freight service will be "run by a *French* company with a Calais director supported by a British shipowner" but surely, surely, Seaborne Freight couldn't be a shell company...
The French company that -according to the French Union newsletter and the France Bleu article- would have imagined and would be running the freight service could be the "Groupe Carpentier Transport & Logistique" -Jean-Michel Copyans apparently is listed as a director there.
Confirmation here (by, er, himself).
Seaborne Freight French *CEO* is indeed the business manager of the "Groupe Carpentier Transport & Logistique".
(Although it's a little weird its French LinkedIn profile says he stopped working for them when he became Seaborne Freight's CEO)
FTR, the Groupe Carpentier Transport & Logistique is specialised in transmanche transport (specialised in "France-UK relationship" + Belgium, Netherlands, Germany). They provide Custom declaration services.
"Funny that".
If French firm Seaborne Freight CEO is a sales director of gets contracts from SF, it'll make more profits than w/ its biz based in France (thks to "tricks" like Gibraltar flags & no-job-safety cheap, temporary seamen contracts)=unfair competition.
Why is UK govt sponsoring that?
Although I see here British Online Supermarket is not importing, but exporting.
(Also it's dot-com, not dot-net -an invalid certificate -old website?. It's iBrit Ltd anyway.)
Also this (brought to me @Commonsenseb0t)
App. a measure to slash prices could be using ferries having "recently failed EU safety inspections & needing major refits to meet Standards for pollution" -as that won't be a problem post-brexit
"Will of", er...…
Dredging has begun!
&ofc the firm created following the "UK first" vote (w/ a French CEO, that intends to use Gibraltar flags and Dutch temporary, no-job-safety contracts) given £14m of UK taxpayers money chose a UK firm to do so...
Oh no wait a Dutch firm
Interesting addentum: One of the specialty of this French transport firm (that Seaborne Freight's CEO is the sales director of), here promoting (on 18.12.29) its ability to handle customs and road transport of (increasing amount) of goods to the UK is transport of pharmaceuticals
Although I should say "that Seaborne Freight's CEO *claims to be* the sales director of (in one of his linkedin profile, but not the other one)", as he's not listed on Transport Carpentier's website.
Brought to you by @neil_richards: Ostende's thoughts about the project.…
They name a shipowner.
A *Dutch* shipowner. (Of course.)
(Oh, and *maybe* a few concerns)
Someone sent me a screenshot about that -saying there might be a connection.
Hey, someone, thank you so much -that sounds about right-, sorry I didn't address this sooner and got lost in notifications so can't credit you here.
(Feel free to correct that.)
Now is *Ben* Sharp (chief executive of SF "who dismissed concerns about the company’s ability to run a cargo service after it was revealed that it does not own any boats" *John Edmund Paul* Sharp?
Or a Schrödinger's director, existing & non-existing ATST?
Like for Albany shipping -no Ben Sharp around here.
Now is Ben John and John Ben, or is there a John and a Ben, who both served in the Royal Navy for ten years as a submarine officer?
Unlikely, right?
But why is John Ben & Ben forgetting to say he's John?…
OK, really need to get back to my (actual, paid job) now.
Good evening everyone.
Will just take 3 seconds to share this -Remember the French firm that SF CEO is (or isn't?) a sales director of?
Nevermind, its *CEO* is a shareholder of Seaborne Freight.
+Confirmation Seafrance/MyFerryLink team is on board.
Brought to you by @asjmcguire)
FTR: Transport Carpentier's CEO David Sagnard -a shareholder of Seaborne Freight- also is the regional National Federation of Road Transport's president.…
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