Calais update: Overview of the current situation with DFDS and MyFerryLink.

MyFerryLink ferries Berlioz and Rodin sold to DFDS

Still no DFDS Calais sailings, MyFerryLink ships laid up. The strike by MyFerryLink workers following the sale of the ferries Rodin and Berlioz to DFDS, and the decision by Eurotunnel not to renew their employment contract, entered its third successive week today.  MyFerryLink workers continue to occupy the two vessels, in protest at the sale of the vessels by Eurotunnel to the Danish company.  Both Groupe Eurotunnel and DFDS have rejected talks in Paris about the situation, due to the ships still being occupied.  However, it is believed that the French government are renewing efforts to establish round table talks. There have been conflicting reports that the ships themselves may have been sabotaged by the crews.  What is known for certain however, is that the MES (Marine Evacuation System) has been deployed – it is believed that the crews are being supplied through these chutes.  P&O sailings are operating to Calais … Read more

Eurotunnel accept offer for MyFerryLink ferries Rodin and Berlioz, SCOP-SeaFrance to be sold off by administrators

MyFerryLink's BERLIOZ seen on 25 August 2012. Image: Copyright © Ian Boyle.

MyFerryLink set to close within next 9 days. DFDS have announced today that Groupe Eurotunnel (GET) have formally accepted their offer for the MyFerryLink ships Rodin and Berlioz.  This follows the news earlier this month that the parties had entered a binding agreement for the sale of the ships.  DFDS have stated that the agreement is for a longterm bareboat charter commencing July the 2nd this year, but includes a put option which allows Eurotunnel to require DFDS to purchase both ships outright.  However, should DFDS be required to purchase the ships, the purchase price will be discounted by the amount already paid in charter fees. Earlier this month, it was announced that the workers cooperative which operates the MyFerryLink service, SCOP-Seafrance, had been placed into administration.  The current operating agreement between SCOP-Seafrance and Eurotunnel expires on July the 1st this year, and there is currently no agreement for any of … Read more

Official: Eurotunnel to sell MyFerryLink ferries Rodin and Berlioz to DFDS.

MyFerryLink ferries Berlioz and Rodin sold to DFDS

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 … Read more