Job fears after ferry firm collapses

DOZENS of jobs are feared to be under threat in Ipswich today after a ferry firm went into administration.Ferryways suspended its roll-on roll-off services between Ipswich and Ostend last week resulting in 19 staff who worked in administrative roles for the firm losing their jobs in the town.

DOZENS of jobs are feared to be under threat in Ipswich today after a ferry firm went into administration.

Ferryways suspended its roll-on roll-off services between Ipswich and Ostend last week resulting in 19 staff who worked in administrative roles for the firm losing their jobs in the town.

Now there are fears that more posts will be lost at the Port of Ipswich if Cobelfret, the Belgium firm which bought Ferryways earlier this month, does not resume the service.

One man who claimed to work for Associated British Ports (ABP) in Ipswich said he believed 45 jobs could be lost at the port on top of the posts already axed from Ferryways.


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Insolvency specialist David Merrygold from PKF accountants and business advisors has been appointed as administrator of Ferryways (UK) Ltd.

He said 21 people, the entire workforce of Ferryways in the UK, had lost their jobs and added that there could also be fears over the security of workers' jobs at the port.

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He said: “If a ferry is not coming jobs are bound to be under threat.”

A spokesman for ABP said: “While the situation remains unclear we think it would be best not to comment on speculation.”

Are you worried about jobs cuts at the port? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.

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