Nautilus hails multi-million-pound support package for 'lifeblood' ferries
24 April 2020
Further support for critical routes between Britain and the European mainland will be announced shortly.
Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said: 'We support this measure on behalf of the hard-working maritime professionals, who are dedicated to supplying the vital lifeblood of the United Kingdom – for those key workers who are keeping us supplied despite great hardship to themselves and their families.'
The funding will ensure the ongoing supply of critical goods into the country during the Covid-19 pandemic, with up to 31 routes eligible for support, subject to discussions with operators, the Department for Transport said.
The freight and passenger support package covers:
• seven routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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