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Calais situtation update: Limited sailings to Calais restored

The blockade at the Port of Calais by aggrieved MyFerryLink workers has been partially lifted today.  Today sees the 4th consecutive day of strike action, which until today has resulted in the Port of Calais being totally blocked.  P&O have been operating limited freight only services to Boulogne, with no return service due to the lack of immigration controls at the French port, which no-longer has a permanent ferry operation.

However, only one ship is permitted in Calais port at a time, meaning P&O are offering a departure from Dover just once every two hours.  DFDS have diverted one of their Calais ferries to Dunkerque, with the other (Malo Seaways, ex Stena Nordica) laid up at Dover.  Rodin and Berlioz, the MyFerryLink ships, transferred to DFDS at midnight last night, however NIFS cannot determine wether they are still occupied by ex MFL employees.  The striking workers are believed to now be in talks with the French Transport Ministry.  Around 3000 trucks are believed to be awaiting departure to France, with UK authorities closing off large sections of motorway in Kent to act as a car park.

For the latest travel information, please contact you ferry operator directly.  The situation is constantly changing, and delays are inevitable.

Title image: MyFerryLink ferries Berlioz and Rodin captured back in 2012.  Competitor DFDS have agreed the terms and conditions regarding a purchase of the two vessels with owner Eurotunnel, resulting in strike action by aggrieved MyFerryLink staff.  Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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