Re: "mobile versions will be easy to scale quickly"
@eldakka all good points and fair but I think part of the issue was the way the contract was awarded. There appears to have been no public tendering process and companies that actually had experience running ferry services, e.g. the tunnel company, weren't invited - leading to the big payoff after they sued the government for violating competition rules. And then other ferry companies sued the government as well because their competitors were effectively being subsidised.
I think the ferry company having no ferries (the point you were addressing) was just an easy flag to stick on the TL:DR version so that everyone knew who to snicker at.