Eurotunnel not allowed to run ferries

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After an appeal from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Eurotunnel has again been prevented from operating ferry services between Dover and Calaias.

When the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) confirmed in December 2014 the previous decisions by CMA, which sought to prohibit the operations of MyFerryLink, the Eurotunnel Group decided, on January 9, 2015, to sell the business and its related assets. The activities of MyFerryLink ceased on June 29, 2015.

SeaFrance, which operated the MyFerryLink ships, appealed that decision and won their appeal in front of the court of appeal in May, 2015. The CMA then further appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which upheld the decision by the CAT and brought an end to the possibility of the Eurotunnel Group being able to operate a maritime service between Dover and Calais.

In a statement, Eurotunnel Group said: “We are extremely disappointed by this decision as MyFerryLink had proven its capacity to provide a high quality, competitive service.

“MyFerryLink had hoped to restart an activity with the freight only ferry, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, which would have ensured 130 jobs. As the decision by the Supreme Court no longer permits this, the Eurotunnel Group will put its last ship, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, up for sale.”

Eurotunnel’s other two ferries, Berlioz and Rodin, have been leased to DFDS since September 15, 2015.