SeaFrance services remain suspended from Dover

Part of Dover
Image caption SeaFrance could cease trading on 29 January

The decision to restart SeaFrance services between Dover and Calais "rests with the administrators", said the company.

On Tuesday services were halted, initially for 48 hours, after a French court rejected a £5m bid by rival firm DFDS to take over the company.

The court declared the ferry firm bankrupt but said it could continue to operate services until 28 January.

A second offer, organised by the CFDT union, was also rejected.

SeaFrance's website carries the statement: "We are conscious of the inconvenience this situation is causing and we apologise for this."

The Tribunal de Commerce was given the task of making a decision on the firm's future after the European Commission ruled that a €200m (£176m) bailout by the French government was illegal.

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