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P&O: The English Channel is back at 2010 levels

More trucks are crossing the English Channel by ferry, but the progress only shows that the market is back at 2010 levels, says DFDS rival P&O.

An increase of approximately 11 percent on the ferry transportation of trucks from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk in the first six months of 2013 is caused by the effect of SeaFrance/MyFerryLink, says a spokesman for shipping company P&O, DFDS's biggest competitor on the heavily trafficked ferry routes in the English Channel.

"For the year to end-June, Dover’s throughput of freight vehicles totalled 1,072 million units compared to 963,420 units in the same period last year. But in reality, the figures merely show that Dover’s volumes have returned to 2010 levels, before the demise of SeaFrance and subsequent creation of MyFerryLink (Eurotunnel)," a P&O spokesman tells Lloyd's Loading List.

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