Eurotunnel: No alternative to DFDS agreement

In spite of strong pressure from employees on the MyFerryLink ferries leased by Eurotunnel to DFDS, there is no alternative to the agreement with the Danish carrier, says the tunnel operator after a tough day with massive unrest at the English Channel crossing.

Even though employees on the MyFerryLink have called for Eurotunnel to not lease two of the company's ferries to DFDS, the French-English tunnel operator insists that there is no alternative to the deal with the Danish carrier, according to a statement from Eurotunnel the day after employees and representatives from the powerful French SCOP union loudly protested and, among other things, blocked the rail link between the UK and the Continent in an attempt to block the deal.

Eurotunnel and DFDS have reached an agreement in which the Danish carrier will at first lease, and later likely buy, the two ferries used by Eurotunnel-owned MyFerryLink on the Dover-Calais service in direct competition with DFDS. But following the latest ruling from the UK Competition Commission, Eurotunnel opted to withdraw for good from the protracted dispute on the Channel as per a statement earlier this year that the ferries would be divested.

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