Manche Iles-Express Preferred For Inter-Island Service
Manche Iles-Express has been identified as the preferred bidder for the inter-island passenger only ferry service, by the States of Guernsey and the States of Jersey.
There were nine expressions of interests, and two formal tender submissions. While the submission from the preferred bidder did not meet all the scheduling requirements set out in the Invitation to Tender, we are told it represents in the region of 25,000 extra seats.
No formal award has been made yet, but the objective to have an enhanced service in operation by the beginning of May, still remains.
We are told the proposal would not need financial support or underwriting from the States of Guernsey and States of Jersey, at this stage.
A pan-island tender review panel was convened to formally score the tender submissions against the Invitation to Tender. It included officers from Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney.
The panel has recommended that further discussions are held with the preferred supplier, to see whether there are opportunities to improve the proposal.
Both companies that formally tendered were informed of the outcome the 2nd February.
We are told further talks will be held with Manche Iles-Express, which means it is not possible to set out further detail of the proposal, at this time.
The recommendation of the tender review panel has been formally endorsed by the Committee for Economic Development in Guernsey, and the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture in Jersey.
President of the Committee for Economic Development in Guernsey, Deputy Charles Parkinson, says:
‘The tender process has given a good opportunity to improve inter-island connectivity for the summer with an additional 25,000 seats. We will be working hard with the preferred supplier to maximise this opportunity if at all possible – which includes the feasibility of providing additional services to Alderney.’
Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture in Jersey, Senator Lyndon Farnham, says:
‘Improving the connectivity opportunities between the Islands remains a clear focus and the proposal under consideration represents a clear improvement on the options available in 2017. It is a good start, but clearly there is still work to be done to secure the maximum opportunities for both islands.’