DFDS to operate ex SeaFrance vessels Berlioz and Rodin from July 2nd
The brief but controversial history of English Channel operator MyFerryLink appears to be entering its final chapter. Eurotunnel have confirmed that they have agreed the terms and conditions for the sale of the ships Rodin and Berlioz on a let to buy basis. The operation of the 3 year old MyFerryLink service has been subject to a long running legal battle in the English courts, following its formation from the ashes of what had been SeaFrance.
At present the entire MyFerryLink fleet of 3 ships appears to have been laid up at Calais, whilst in Dover both Calais Seaways (ex Prins Filip, P&OSL Aquitaine, etc) and Malo Seaways (ex Stena Nordica, European Ambassador) also appear to have been taken out of service. Speculation had suggested that P&O and Stena had expressed interest in acquiring Rodin and Berlioz, however many believed a sale to DFDS was always the most likely outcome. No mention (yet) has been made on the future of the other MFL vessel, freight ship and former rail ferry Nord-Pas-de-Calais. However, it is assumed that she will stay with Eurotunnel in order to allow them to offer a service for hazardous cargo which cannot use the Channel Tunnel
Update: After a strike in Calais during the morning of June 8th following the announcement, services to and from Dover by both operators have resumed.
Picture credit: Berlioz and Rodin. Copyright © Scott Mackey.