According to a recent notice of tender the Council is "looking to re-establish a suitable ferry services as a priority at the Port of Ramsgate and any additional business associated with RoRo and port operations. The council invites fee bids for locating and delivering a suitable operator (freight/passenger/combination) to service the Port of Ramsgate to the near Continent. It is our aspiration that this service should commence as soon as possible but no later than Summer 2014".
Confirming that the Council has indeed lost what remained of its Corporate marbles the front page of the Maritime Journal quotes Harbour Master, Mr Brown, has saying Ramsgate is Port "who's time has come again". Well sorry Mr Brown, sorry Ms McGonigal and sorry Councillor Hart. Ramsgate is a port which never had and never will have "its time". The best it ever did was tick over on a life-support machine. And its now time to turn it off.
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And why might that be? With due respect to Harbour Master Brown, his otherwise excellent article fails to mention that Ramsgate Port is a run down, ramshackle affair of a continental gateway which needs many £millions to get it into a decent state. Where is this money going to come from?
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So come on Thanet Council stop being so Ferry stupid. The Port has amazing potential to become something special. A magnet for inward investment, job creation and a unique opportunity to do something right by Ramsgate. But that potential is not as a commercial ferry port, but more likely as a major leisure centre.