MyFerryLink workers strike following the sale of ships to DFDS.
Following on from yesterdays announcement that the sale of the MyFerryLink ferries Rodin and Berlioz to DFDS had been completed, striking MyFerryLink workers have forced the port of Calais to close. Burning blockades of roads approaching the port have been widely reported in the mainstream media. The action comes on the eve of an expected announcement regarding the future crewing arrangements for the former SeaFrance vessels which until now where crewed by a workers co-operative of former SeaFrance workers (SCOP-SeaFrance). The port of Dunkerque (Dunkirk) remains open with DFDS diverting one of their Calais vessels, Calais Seaways, to their in order to help clear a large backlog of traffic created as a result of Calais being closed. Eurotunnel also appears to be operational again following a break in service earlier today.
All P&O Dover-Calais services have stopped due to the strike action, as there is no alternative port where their ships can fit. At the time of writing Rodin, Berlioz and P&O’s Spirit of Britain, and Pride of Burgundy are laid over at Calais. Malo Seaways is laid over at Dover Western Docks, whilst the remainder of the P&O fleet are at Dover Eastern Docks.