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Public tendering of ferry services in Europe.

  This paper outlines the EU regulatory framework and analyses current practice in four European
countries in respect of public procurement and tendering of ferry services. Tender management for major
ferry services resides with national government agencies, while tenders for smaller volume regional
and/or inter-isles services are generally managed by local authorities and/or regional transport authorities.
Operator selection criteria increasingly emphasises service quality aspects, and environmental impacts, as
well as price (i.e. amount of subsidy required). There is a continued trend towards privately-owned
operators providing and investing in essential ferry services, with an increasing role played by larger
international integrated transport organisations. For transport authorities, ferry service procurement
involves a continuous evolutionary process of specifying, offering, selecting, monitoring and reviewing
services supplied. Based on the information collected and analysed, the authors have developed a ‘tender
route map’ which explains the different stages and key issues concerning public procurement of ferry services.

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  • Date:

    30 November 2010

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  • Publisher

    University of Trieste: European Institute for Study of Transport Economics

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  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    386 Inland waterway & ferry transportation


Baird, A. & Wilmsmeier, G. (2010). Public tendering of ferry services in Europe. Trasporti europei. 49, 90-111. ISSN 1825-3997


Ferry services; Public tendering; Procurement; Europe

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