DFDS buys Eurotunnel ferries during legal battle

Two ferries purchased from UK tunnel operator Eurotunnel
The Danish ferry operator DFDS has agreed to buy two ferries from UK rail tunnel operator Eurotunnel, which has been facing antitrust action over its Dover-Calais service. The value of the deal has not been revealed.
“DFDS has submitted a binding offer to Eurotunnel for the charter or purchase of the ferries Rodin and Berlioz with an effective date of July 2, 2015, based on terms and conditions agreed with Eurotunnel,” DFDS said in a statement.
Eurotunnel bought three ferries in 2012 from bankrupt firm SeaFrance and leased them to Scop SeaFrance, a cooperative of employees of the resurrected line MyFerryLink. But it said recently that it would not renew the contracts. Some, but not all, MyFerryLink personnel will keep their jobs.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has ruled that Eurotunnel’s partnership with MyFerryLink allowed it to dominate the competition, a ruling that is still being contested in the courts.


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