FAST FREIGHT: Link’s creators to ad­dress con­fer­ence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

THE de­sign­ers of a new high-speed ferry ser­vice be­tween Europe and Sheer­ness will be the main at­trac­tion at a con­fer­ence on ports and fer­ries. Bateaux Grande Vitesse is a new con­cept in mov­ing freight by fast craft be­tween a num­ber of coun­tries, with Sheer­ness be­ing its Bri­tish hub. Or­gan­is­ers of the Ports and Fer­ries – Part­ners in 21st Cen­tury Euro­pean Trade con­fer­ence on June 13 and 14 have in­vited the BGV de­sign­ers to present a pa­per on progress fol­low­ing a £270 mil­lion or­der at the end of last year for three cargo and two mixed-use ves­sels by Dover-based Chikara Ship­ping. The 60mph craft are due to in­au­gu­rate fast ferry ser­vices on the Boulogne mar­itime hub sys­tem link­ing Nor­way, the United King­dom and Spain in 2008. Bill Moses, con­fer­ence or­gan­iser, said: “Spe­cific feed­back has re­sulted in us invit­ing the orig­i­na­tors of the BGV con­cept, a sub­ject that we ex­pect to be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to ferry op­er­a­tors and ports alike.” The con­fer­ence would be a stim­u­lat­ing blend of aca­demic anal­y­sis and com­mer­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, with em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing the fast ferry sec­tor. Del­e­gates will be taken on a fast ferry trip on the River Thames. At­ten­dance costs £350 and ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be ob­tained by email at con­fer­ence@sh ip­shap­in­ter­na­ or by visit­ing www.ships hapein­ter­na­

Artist’s im­pres­sion of a Bateau Grande Vitesse which is com­ing to Shep­pey

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