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Title: Public tendering of ferry services in Europe
Authors: Baird, Alfred J.
Wilmsmeier, Gordon
Keywords: Ferry servicesPublic tenderingProcurementEurope
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Baird, A.J., Wilmsmeier, G. (2011) Public tendering of ferry services in Europe, European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, 49, pp pp. 90-111.
Series/Report no.: European Transport / Trasporti Europei
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
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-3997
Appears in Collections:European Transport / Trasporti Europei (2011) 49/XVII

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