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The Battle for the Channel will be settled next week

The British Office of Fair Trading's Competition Appeal Tribunal will be ready with a decision in the fraught but crucial case for DFDS, P&O Ferries, and MyFerryLink. The case concerns the rights to operate on the English Channel.

While money is gushing out of the three carriers operating on The English Channel, the British Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) Competition Appeal Tribunal has been processing the case since this summer, a case that decides who is allowed to transport passengers between Dover and Calais.

Shipping company MyFerryLink, backed by Eurotunnel, appealed the decision issued by the OFT earlier this year. Here, the OFT ruled that MyFerryLink was barred from operating on the route, and thus had to shut down its activities within a few months. The shipping company had started to compete directly with DFDS and P&O Ferries, which were already operating on the route, a move that according to DFDS served to undermine the basis for proper business on the Channel.

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