DFDS: Disappointing ruling in Channel dispute

The British ruling in the Battle on the Channel is disappointing but not disastrous to DFDS' developments. "We're prepared to appeal the decision to the British supreme court," CEO Niels Smedegaard tells ShippingWatch.

DFDS is prepared to take matters to the UK supreme court in the competition dispute on the the English Channel - a case that on Friday brought a surprising turn of events, CEO Niels Smedegaard tells ShippingWatch.

"The case has been treated by the competition courts for more than two and a half years, and on each occasion the court in question has ruled that Eurotunnel's service should be shut down, and that this should happen by June 9th this year. SCOP (Société Coopérative de Production Sea France S.A., an association of Calais seafarers) has now turned to the civil court, which corresponds to the Danish High Court, and this court has subsequently presented a verdict with two judges against one siding against the UK Competition Commission in their case. This comes as a surprise to us," he says, adding:

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