I was mostly aware of the crew side of the story - though it is interesting as it is kind of saying that if you want a passenger ferry service from Hull it really has to be crewed as cheaply as possible - I can't see people paying any more as they are already about as expensive as BF, another £100 or so on our fare and we'd be either Dover or Portsmouth bound (that's why we don't even entertain DFDS even though Newcastle is the same travel time from our house as Hull). I would add that we like the crews and I don't see foreign crews as providing a worse service - maybe the opposite.
However, the bit that I took away from it was the lines about the Zeebrugge route not been profitable. I expect some of that to be spin but it does suggest that things are borderline. To me that says that POY and POB won't be replaced with anything other than a freighter. I hope I'm wrong and, at the very least, they can get another five years out of them if I'm not.
Has anyone interrogated their annual report - does it go into detail on routes and profit?