Public tendering of ferry services in Europe.

Baird, Alfred and Wilmsmeier, Gordon (2011) Public tendering of ferry services in Europe. Transporti Europei, 49. pp. 90-111. ISSN 1825-3997

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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.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1825-3997
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ferry services; Public tendering; Procurement; Europe
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 386 Inland waterway & ferry transportation
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Item ID: 5020
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 12:28
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 10:18

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