Eurotunnel to end cross-Channel freight ferry plans

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Image caption Eurotunnel's ferry services began operating in August 2012 as MyFerryLink

Eurotunnel is to abandon its plans to run freight-only ferry services between Dover and Calais after a Supreme Court ruling.

The court ruled on the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) ban on the train operator's MyFerryLink service.

In June Eurotunnel announced it was selling its two MyFerryLink passenger ferries, but retaining a freight ferry.

Now the company has announced its last ship, the Nord Pas-de-Calais, would be put up for sale.

The CMA said: "The Supreme Court has ruled that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took the correct approach in assessing whether Eurotunnel's acquisition of three ferries and related assets formerly owned by SeaFrance should be treated as a merger."

The Eurotunnel Group said it was "extremely disappointed" by the decision.

"MyFerryLink had hoped to restart an activity with the freight-only ferry, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, which would have ensured 130 jobs," a spokesman said.

MyFerryLink history

  • Eurotunnel bought three ships from SeaFrance for £51m when it went out of business in 2012 and leased them to MyFerryLink
  • In June 2014, Eurotunnel was banned from operating MyFerryLink after the Competition Commission concluded it controlled too much of the cross-Channel passenger trade
  • In June 2015, Eurotunnel announced it was selling its two MyFerryLink ferries to Danish cross-Channel competitor DFDS Seaways
  • That month workers from MyFerryLink began striking, and blockaded the port of Calais over the sale and possible job cuts
  • MyFerryLink cross-Channel passenger services ceased on 1 July
  • Eurotunnel announced in December the end of its plans for a cross-Channel freight ferry service

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