Ramsgate staff told to go home as TransEuropa Ferries plunged into administration
One of TransEuropa
Ferries' fleet, the Orleander
by Kat Tye
TransEuropa Ferries has gone into administration, it has been
The company, established in 1998, offers passenger and freight
ferry services between Ramsgate and Ostend in Belgium.
Around 25 staff work at the firm's Ramsgate office and they were
told yesterday to go home as administrators had been called into
TransEuropa's Ostend headquarters.
A long-serving company employee, who wished to remain anonymous,
said: "Many of us have been here a lot of years and we are all
devastated. We are a close-knit team, not just colleagues."
There are also fears TransEuropa staff will not be paid for the
past month's work.
The employee said: "We are due to be paid this week, but
obviously it doesn't look likely that will happen."
"Many of us have been here a lot of years and we are all devastated..." – TransEuropa employee
Problems with TransEuropa's finances were first indicated last
week when P&O repossessed its Pride Of Calais ferry from the
A P&O spokesman said: "TransEuropa arranged to take on one
of our ships in December last year on a bareboat charter (free of
crew), but it didn't pay between January and March, so we
repossessed it last week."
The ship has been laid up in Tilbury, Essex, since last Friday
as its 45-strong crew - employed by TransEuropa through a
Slovenian agency - are refusing to leave until they are paid
The P&O spokesman added: "A P&O captain is on board, and
a representative of the International Transport Workers' Federation
has met with the crew and is negotiating with TransEuropa and the
agency, and we are confident the matter will be resolved soon."
All TransEuropa services have been suspended. It it is
believed those who booked crossings through agencies will be
able to get refunds, but those who booked directly will have to
contact TransEuropa for more information on whether refunds will be
No one from the firm was available for comment. The company's
website is currently offline. Phone the Ramsgate office on 01843
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