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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