I have to say I am surprised that Thanet District Council have issued no information about this, there is nothing on their website and as port operator one assumes they must have known about this.
One does wonder what the point of the council having a press department is if the don't keep local voters and taxpayers aware of significant things the council is involved in.
My own feelings with Port Ramsgate, is that while the main channel crossings especially the Port of Dover are running below capacity and investing heavily in increasing their capacity, Ramsgate can’t compete economically as a port.
We are just in the wrong place geographically from the point of view of land and sea, on land Ramsgate can’t become a transport hub because three quarters of the land wheel is sea and on the sea the Goodwin Sands are between us and the closest part of Europe.
While Ramsgate leisure marina makes a healthy profit it doesn’t appear, looking at the convoluted accounts, that Port Ramsgate has ever made a profit.
Obviously if you sustain an open commercial port, which is doing no business, then if you get any business it will be both business that no one else wants and it will be loss making.