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MIC Managing Director criticises shortcomings of the Douglas Harbour User Agreement

20th November, 2008

John Quaye, Managing Director of Manx Independent Carriers, today (20th November 2008) spoke on Manx Radio about the extremely high cost of shipping freight to the Isle of Man, whilst it is generally considered that the Steam Packet Company are not exceeding the rules laid down in the Harbour Agreement, there is consternation among the freight shippers that their profits are excessive and the reason for this is that the Agreement, first introduced in 1995, no longer meets the needs of the Island and is in urgent need of revision. There is one major stumbling block to revising the Agreement and that is that it was recently extended - without consultation - until the year 2026. In the business world, this is practically unheard of especially when there is no opportunity for its review.

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