LETTERS | Protectionism hurts the passenger vessel industry

Photo: TT Line

TO: Neil Baird

Dear Mr. Baird,

I am a regular reader of your mail bulletin.

I also read today your editorial about TT Line vessels and I would like to congratulate you for your remarks about Finnish taxpayers.

This kind of “unfair” competition for sure destroy the competitivity of several companies, including sub-contractors like my company. When the local taxpayers do finance a shipbuilding deal, then only local suppliers and not internationally competitive companies get the order for sub-contracts.

We are afraid this trend of neo-protectionism or do-it-local-at-any-cost approach will be more and more expanded in the shipbuilding industry, post-Corona times.

Ertuğ Yaşar
Managing Director
Istanbul, Turkey

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