Saturday, 26 October 2013

TransEuropa, EU, £14million, Sex Pistols

The European Commission has rejected  my complaint that Thanet Council provided Tanseuropa  Ferries with illegal  state aid. But in rejecting my complaint the European Union revealed that Transeuropa also owed its fuel supplier Oilchart International NV a staggering $20 million USD or £12.5 million!!! 

So the debts owed by Transeuropa include  £3.4 million to Thanet Council, £2. 5 million to  Ostend Port and £12.5 million to Oilchart International. A grand total of £18.4 million built up over a 3 year period. This is an absolutely staggering amount of money and it does not include monies owed by Transeuropa  to its employees, to P and O for the hire of a ferry and various other sundry debts which at a conservative estimate must bring the grand total of debt to about £20million!  

This was a company in extremely serious financial difficulties. To invest in such a company, or to extend credit to it  would have been extremely risky and reckless for anyone to have done. The question must therefore be asked what  did Thanet Council  do to check the financial position of Transeuropa Ferries when it agreed to defer payments in 2010-11. What steps did it take to evaluate risk to the taxpayer and how often did it review these risks? Quite frankly Thanet was bonkers to defer payments for anything more than  an extremely short period and certainly not for 3 years!

One thing which mystifies me  more than anything else  is why would a commercial organisation, such as Oilchart International, which has the sole purpose of selling fuel for profit and who's terms and conditions of business require immediate payment, allow a 2-bit ferry company running a fleet of 2, and towards the end,  3 rust bucket vessels to have a line of credit of up to £12.5 million? This is a medium sized company which I am sure could not afford to bear such eye-watering  unpaid bills. This action defies business logic and leads me to wonder if something other than charitable motives might have been at work here. But as I say this is pure speculation on my part.

Here is a link to the Olichart Website .

They say strange things happen at sea, especially piracy and skulduggery where public bodies like Thanet Council  are divested  of their funds by unscrupulous, swashbuckling jolly jack-tars, who might have links to  secretive tax havens in Cyprus.  But I'm seriously out of my league here.

Perhaps the son of the now deceased owner of Transeuropa Ferries, Dexter Dias QC,  might be able  to help. They say he is a brilliant barrister who also writes detective stories. Maybe he can solve the mystery

I must confess that like Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols  I get a strange feeling that someone, somewhere  might have  been cheated by the now defunct Transeuropa Ferries or its pals.

Letter from EU -


  1. Well spotted Ian and Clive and Macgonigal and Everitt have some explaining to do over the secrecy and loss of funds and state of TransEuropa. Macgonigal is paid far too much and the others are simply out of depth master craftsmen from the electrical supply industry. That means electrician doesn't it?

  2. if the total owed to the two ports and the oil company was £18.4 millions , did you mean that the total with the other debts included is about £24 millions and not the lower sum of £14 millions?

  3. I really don't see the big deal about this... It's not £3.4m that the council have lost, it's £3.4m that the council haven't gained. Had they refused to defer the fees then odds are the ferry would have stopped long ago (along with the marginal economic benefits that brings), so they wouldn't have gotten £3.4m in fees anyway - it would have just been left empty.