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DFDS CEO: English Channel could be new growth driver

2016 could turn become a very good year on the English Channel for DFDS. The carrier is raising the prices on the crossing which, in the second half of 2015, was plagued by occupied ferries, migrant crowds in the tunnel and reduced capacity.

P&O Ferries sails record volumes on the Channel

Never before has P&O Ferries transported so many units of cargo across the English Channel as in 2015 in which both the third and the fourth quarters set records. Conflicts during the peak season did not impact the positive developments.

Supreme Court confirms DFDS' Channel victory

The case concerning ferry operations in the English Channel has been going back and forth for years. MyFerryLink was hoping to operate a ferry on the Channel, but the UK Supreme Court has now confirmed a ruling barring the carrier from doing so.

"Even here at DFDS we're surprised at how well we're doing"

"We have not been fidgeting with the numbers," says DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard after the carrier, for the third time this year, upgraded its full-year projections for 2015. Among other factors, earnings on the English Channel have soared after MyFerryLink was forced out.

DFDS CEO considered surrender in Battle on the Channel

The dispute on the English Channel was long and hard, and DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard considered throwing in the towel several times in the process, he says in an interview with ShippingWatch. The opposing party, Eurotunnel, expected the Danish competitor to surrender.

French seafarers hit with giant claim for ferry vandalism

Comprehensive damages to the two coming DFDS ferries, along with delayed delivery to Eurotunnel, have now led to a considerable claim against the French seafarers under SCOP Seafrance. Eurotunnel calculates the combined damages to more than EUR 20 million.

Emergency flares and chutes triggered in DFDS conflict

The smoke has cleared on the English Channel after an, at times, violent conflict between the French SCOP seafarers and DFDS - a conflict in which emergency flares as well as chutes were used. But DFDS holds yet another option to limit the seafarers' power.

DFDS: Time for SCOP to respond to our offer

DFDS does not expect an answer anytime soon to its offer to rehire 202 laid off French seafarers who lost their job in relation to MyFerryLink's closure. But the Danish carrier stresses that the seafarers and SCOP must make the next move.

DFDS is now sailing normally on the Channel

After comprehensive protests and long negotiations, the DFDS ferry service on the English Channel is now back to normal, according to comments from the carrier to ShippingWatch.

DFDS offer on the English Channel flat-out rejected

The attempt by DFDS to take over parts of the controversial company SCOP SeaFrance, which has operated ferry services on the English Channel in competition with the Danish carrier, did not come to fruition.

Eurotunnel confirms DFDS deal

On Thursday, July 2nd, DFDS will take over the two controversial ferries from Eurotunnel, set to operate on Dover-Calais in the English Channel. A French union has warned of protests due to layoffs.

French union warns of new protests against DFDS

Next week could make the protests this Tuesday against DFDS in the French city of Calais seem like a walk in the park, warns a union boss, who demands that Eurotunnel's deal with DFDS for two ferries be taken off the table by July 1st.

DFDS CEO: We did not negotiate under pressure

DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard has met with France's Minister of Transportation to discuss developments in the English Channel. DFDS will ensure 200 jobs for French employees. "No matter what, this will affect employment," Niels Smedegaard tells ShippingWatch.

Eurotunnel: No alternative to DFDS agreement

In spite of strong pressure from employees on the MyFerryLink ferries leased by Eurotunnel to DFDS, there is no alternative to the agreement with the Danish carrier, says the tunnel operator after a tough day with massive unrest at the English Channel crossing.

DFDS acquires two ferries from Eurotunnel

DFDS will take over two ferries from competitor Eurotunnel, which a few weeks ago announced that the ferries would be put up for sale as a consequence of the protracted legal dispute on the English Channel. The ships will be leased without a crew.

DFDS will take over Eurotunnel's ferries in a few weeks

The Danish carrier will at first lease two ferries from Eurotunnel, starting July 1st, after the protracted dispute on the English Channel. DFDS will now start negotiations with the French employees concerning their continued employment.

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