P&O supports DFDS in the battle on the English Channel

DFDS is not the only one worrying about Eurotunnel’s purchase of the three old SeaFrance ferries. The competitor P&O Ferries shares the worry whether the purchase will affect fair competition on the English Channel.

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DFDS is supported by its competitor on the English Channel, P&O Ferries, following the approval of state-dominated Eurotunnel’s purchase of SeaFrance’s three old ferries. The ferries will allegedly be placed on the route between Dover and Calais, and with Eurotunnel’s 40 percent market share, both DFDS and P&O fear that free competition is being threatened.

“P&O Ferries is waiting to see the detail of Eurotunnel's proposals but on the face of it the decision of the Tribunal de Commerce raises issues for the cross-Channel market as a whole and we will be highlighting to the competition authorities our concern that a level playing field is preserved to enable competition on a fair basis," P&O Ferries writes to ShippingWatch.

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