Future bright after ferry firm's buy-out

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 | BUSINESS SALE

The future of the ferry firm Wightlink Ferries, which operates cross-Solent services between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, is bright after news of its buy-out.

The ferry company was purchased for an undisclosed sum from previous owners Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund (MEIF) by Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners LP (BBIP). The sale has ensured that no changes will be made to the current workforce, pricing, schedules or routes.

The takeover will see chief executive Russell Kew, chief operating officer John Burrows, and their management team remain in their positions at the firm. Employee numbers total around 500, but rise to 600 during the busy summer months.

BBIP LLP partner Steven Lowry said of the acquisition: “Wightlink is a strong and stable company with the opportunity to grow and develop in the years to come.

“We are delighted to be the new owners of the largest cross-Solent ferry operator and are committed to investing in the business, and supporting the management team’s focus on safety and improving customer service.”

Kew added that the purchase will secure the company's future, which is not only good for their shareholders, but also staff and customers who work on and use their catamarans and car ferry services will see no changes as a result.
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