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.

On July 1st DFDS will take over the two ferries on the English Channel put up for sale by Eurotunnel, which subsequently made a binding agreement with DFDS. At first, the Danish carrier will lease the ships, in order to avoid interrupting sailings from Dover to Calais, says Eurotunnel in a statement on Friday.

According to the same statement, employee-owned French SCOP SeaFrance, which operated the ferries in MyFerryLink in direct competition with DFDS, has been placed under legal administration of a court in town Boulogne-sur-Mer. The court has appointed administrators for the company, and these administrators will now negotiate with DFDS about the possible employment of the French seafarers, since DFDS will now, following a multiple year competition dispute with Eurotunnel, will now become sole ferry operator on the Channel alongside British P&O.

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