“Not Enough Cabins?” Corsica Ferries Again Rejected From Public Service Contract

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“Corsica Ferries has taken note of the decision of the Corsican Assembly to reject its offers for the next maritime public service contract (DSP 2021-2022), without even bothering to enter into negotiations,” says CEO Pierre Mattei.

He said that’s Corsica Ferries’ offer was almost € 100 million cheaper over 22 months of DSP.

“In 2019 our offer was rejected because of a missing USB-stick, and now it is because our vessels are ‘not having enough overnight sleeping facilities’,” says the CEO.

A second reason for the rejection is the fact that Corsica Ferries –in its response to the tender- wrote that the additional ferry journeys would be made by mutual agreement between the ferry company and the Assembly of Corsica. Normally it is the Assembly that imposes these additional trips, but in the pre-tender chat the Corsican Assembly said that these additional trips had to be decided by mutual agreement…. Basically, the Assembly contradicts itself.

A new transitional maritime Public Service Contract, from 1 March 2021 to 31 December 2022, between the Corsican ports and Marseille, will be voted next week by the Corsican Assembly.


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French Prime Minister Visits Toulon

During a visit to the French port of Toulon, PM Jean Castex signed an investment which includes EUR 1.7 million for the electrification of all berths.

Pierre Mattei, CEO of Corsica Ferries, was present too.

Photo: CCIduVar (via LinkedIn)

Reaction from Pierre Mattei, CEO Corsica Ferries:

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“It makes sense that the European Commission checks the amount of subsidies granted by the Collectivity of Corsica, so that they can ensure fair competition, and to verify that these subsidies actually improve public services. It already considered them unwarranted a few years ago and the settlement of the conviction is still ongoing.

The purpose of this investigation by the European Commission is to re-determine the reality of the need for public services estimated by the Corsican Transport Office with regard to the assessment of the private offer (enough or not enough capacity).

We had raised these points repeatedly with the Collectivity of Corsica who never wanted to hear our arguments.”