SEA BREEZES APRIL 2010 • VOL 84 • NO. 772
Given the present straitened position of the country’s finances, it seems likely that the Government will rake around to see if there is any ‘family silver’ left to sell.
A few of the bigger Trust ports seem a likely target for privatisation and it seems certain that one or two will jump before they are pushed. The Dover Harbour Board has already announced that it has applied to the Secretary of State for Transport for powers to introduce private capital. Could it be that this famous port whose white cliffs have come to symbolise the nation’s defiance against foreign invaders will meekly fall into French ownership? There is certainly no doubt that if the Port of Dover is to progress the construction of a new ferry terminal, at a projected cost of circa £400m, it needs access to private capital. “Standby To Repel Boarders” – you can just imagine the headlines if the French attempt to buy Dover.
In this issue’s ‘From The Lookout’ you will read that Sea Breezes Publications Ltd has been awarded ‘Preferred Developer Status’ for the former Port Erin Marine Laboratory site by the Isle of Man Government. The drive behind this is to create a new HQ for Sea Breezes, which will provide hotel / conference facilities, but most importantly will allow us to store and display our substantial archives and to make them accessible to our readers.
Captain Hamish A C Ross (Editor)