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SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:06 pm

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A French court gave the ailing state-owned ferry operator until Jan. 28 2012 to find a new buyer. SEAFRANCE will be well known to frequent ferry users. In the past, they were often the cheapest option, particularly when arriving without a booking. They are 100% owned by the French railways, SNCF and since October 2008 have been losing in the region of €3 million a month.

SEAFRANCE*, which mainly operates freight and passenger services between France and the UK, went into administration last year after losses of around $325 million. Sea France will cease trading on Jan. 29 if a buyout offer is not accepted.

A French court rejected a bid by Denmark’s DFDS to take over Sea France and gave the ailing state-owned ferry operator until Jan. 28 to find a new buyer. DFDS and France’s Louis Dreyfus group made a joint bid for certain Sea France assets worth a reported $7 million and offered to retain three of its four ships and 460 of its 800 strong onboard workforce.

In September 2010, the CFDT union rejected a plan for 400 redundancies as part of restructuring. Subsequently Sea France workers made a rival bid worth a nominal one euro [$1.35] that was also rejected by the Paris Commercial Court.

The court was tasked with deciding the company’s future after European Union regulators ruled that a $270 million bail out by the French government breached EU competition regulations. Sea France had suspended sailings for 48 hours “to safeguard passengers, crews, vehicles and ships” pending the court’s decision. Sailings are expected to resume later today.


*SeaFrance began operations between Dover and Calais in 1996 after the termination of a pooling agreement with Sealink (by then known as Stena Sealink Line) in 1995. The service initially began with the former Sealink vessels Fiesta and Côte d'Azur which became SeaFrance Cézanne and SeaFrance Renoir respectively after extensive refurbishments to create a distinctive French atmosphere on board. Former Sealink train ferry Nord Pas-de-Calais became the SeaFrance Nord Pas-de-Calais and operated as a freight only ferry though SeaFrance did market the ship to passengers as a quiet ship. The three vessels were later joined by the former Stena Londoner which became the SeaFrance Monet. SeaFrance quickly became the second busiest operator on the Dover - Calais route after P&O European Ferries and ahead of their former partners now known as Stena Line. In 1997 the SeaFrance Manet entered service after a five year charter to Stena Line for the Newhaven-Dieppe service, the ship essentially replaced the Monet which was later sold after being damaged in Calais. SeaFrance took delivery of the SeaFrance Rodin in 2001, their first new ship and the fastest Dover-Calais ferry. She was joined in 2005 by the SeaFrance Berlioz, a sister ship built at a different yard.
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:56 pm

The Unions have shot themselves in the foot again. They seem to never learn from the lessons of History . Now watch the prices as P & O have a clear deck ...crisis or no crisis . P & O are reported to be registering two vessels in Bermuda , bodes dark for the future I feel.
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:53 pm

Things are not going well and only a last minute stand down by the unions will save SeaFrance.

SeaFrance’s main trade union CFDT has been urged to meet with officials of DFDS in a last attempt to save the shipping line from going out of business.

The judicial administrators of SeaFrance have made the recommendation as the company looks set to fold. The workers’ co-op bid is the only offer on the table, but remains seriously short of start-up capital.

Earlier this month, DFDS, in association with French shipping group LDA, via its subsidiary, LD Lines, announced it had decided against making a new bid for SeaFrance.

No one at the CFDT’s SeaFrance branch in Calais was available to comment. Earlier this month, it declined an invitation from France’s transport minister, Thierry Mariani, to talks with DFDS claiming that the Danish group’s takeover would lead to poorer working conditions and a cut in salaries. The union also claimed they were demanding a guarantee of industrial relations peace.

The branch has also run into trouble with the union at regional level for having refused to study any other option for the future of the company than the workers’ co-operative bid.

“Despite the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of this bid, those piloting it have discouraged other potential bidders, in particular, DFDS and LDA, who made a commitment to keep on a good part of the workforce,” the union said in a statement.

A last minute proposal to increase government grants favouring the employees, backed by M Sarkozy, has been rejected by the union as not enough.

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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:28 pm

The Ghost of the 1984 Miners strike looms . 6 Years ago I moved here and discovered the Country is moving in parallel to England in the 1980s . Sarko = Thatcher was a prediction of mine before he was elected ....and it seems the Unions will repeat the same mistakes . I'm sad .
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:42 pm

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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:27 pm

French ferry firm SeaFrance went into official liquidation on Monday after the European commission ruled a bailout by the French government was illegal.

A French court said the offer of a buyout by a co-operative of company employees – the only rescue plan on the table – was neither viable nor acceptable.

The decision threatens to throw nearly 1,000 people out of work, 130 of them in Dover.

It follows months of speculation about SeaFrance's future and several failed rescue plans. The French government had said it would put €200m (£165m) into the company but this was deemed illegal under European Union rules.

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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Mon May 18, 2015 6:30 am

Euroteunnel's cross-Channel ferry service MyFerryLink can continue operating between Calais and Dover after the Court of Appeal upheld the case against the closure of the operation.

The company was told in January that it must quit the cross-Channel ferry market (CMA) following a ruling by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

But, in a decision hailed as “excellent news for shipping operations under the French flag and for jobs in Calais” by France’s Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries, Alain Vidal, judges at the Court of Appeal yesterday overturned that decision.

The long-running legal battle rested on the manner in which Eurotunnel took control of MyFerryLink’s three ships, which had previously belonged to SeaFrance, the ferry operator that went into liquidation in 2012.

The CMA argued that Eurotunnel’s purchase of the ferries meant that it enjoyed more than half the market share of Channel crossings when rail link and ferry operations were considered together.

But the judges agreed with the SCOP (the workers’ co-operative employed by Eurotunnel to run MyFerryLink), which argued that the purchase of the ferries should be treated as an acquisition rather than a merger under UK law.

They ruled that there had been no formal merger between Eurotunnel and MyFerryLink.

MyFerryLink director Raphael Doutrebente said: “The decision represents a significant victory both for our dedicated employees and for our customers, who will continue to benefit from healthy competition on the short sea route.

“This should now spell the end of the road for the CMA’s attempts to suppress the MyFerryLink business, which has always sought to deliver a high quality and reliable service for its customers.”

The CMA said in a statement: “The CMA notes today’s judgment by the Court of Appeal upholding a challenge to its ability to bar Eurotunnel from running its MyFerryLink service out of Dover.

“The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will study the judgment carefully and consider its next steps.”

Following January’s ruling, Eurotunnel put its three ships up for sale and is, reportedly, considering “several offers” despite yesterday’s decision.
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:40 am

DFDS has agreed to buy MyFerryLink.

All services are cancelled as MyFerryLink workers have held a strike.

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Cross-channel ferry firm MyFerryLink is to be sold off by owner Eurotunnel to rival DFDS Seaways.

The sale follows lengthy legal action over the competitive impact of the former SeaFrance operations.

The Court of Appeal last month has refused the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) permission to appeal in the case of MyFerryLink in a move hailed as a victory by the company.

However, the operator of the Channel Tunnel today revealed that it holds a “binding offer” from DFDS for the ferries Rodin and Berlioz.

Eurotunnel said it “regrets” that the existing French workers’ collective SCOP “has not had the support it needed to be able to present a takeover proposal” for MyFerryLink.

Eurotunnel added: “The CMA should not oppose the completion of this sale which will lead to two maritime operators of equal importance.

“The Eurotunnel Group believes that the constructive manner in which DFDS conducted itself during the recruitment of ex-SeaFrance personnel in 2012 gives hope for the best solution possible with regard to preserving employment, without interruption to services.

“The Eurotunnel Group, after having supported this activity for three years, hopes that all those involved will support MyFerryLink in a responsible manner through this transition which has been imposed upon it.”

DFDS said: “DFDS has submitted a binding offer to Eurotunnel for the charter or purchase of the ferries Rodin and Berlioz with an effective date of 2 July 2015 based on terms and conditions agreed with Eurotunnel.”
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:44 pm

Typical ...I am booked to travel next Monday and return the following weekend ....any bets on a berth !!
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:39 pm

gurubarry wrote:Typical ...I am booked to travel next Monday and return the following weekend ....any bets on a berth !!
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:49 am

You win again ...stoppit ! loool
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby Brian and Helen » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:59 am

Apparently service will continue as normal until July 2nd, after which passengers will be offered a transfer to another operator, a refund or the Shuttle (for €30 extra).

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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:26 am

We may just squeeze in ...and Well Done Brian ...I just read your TAG ! :D
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:44 pm

Currently DFDS do not have access to these ships as they are occupied by ex MyFerryLink / Seafrance union members
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:47 am

Will France recover ? The situation appears almost on the brink of anarchy , really. I have to use P and O now and Eurotunnel .... good move by Brussels to help P and O profits .
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby anneb » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:23 pm

gurubarry wrote:Will France recover ? The situation appears almost on the brink of anarchy , really. I have to use P and O now and Eurotunnel .... good move by Brussels to help P and O profits .

We booked to travel with Eurotunnel in a few weeks' time, we booked ages ago, we always go with them. This will probably be the last time though unless the troubles in Calais are rapidly resolved. We'll be travelling via Portsmouth I think in the future. A bit dearer but far less stressful than facing the prospect of a blocked M20 with Operation Stack, a blocked A16, delays on the Shuttle. Ridiculous.
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby anneb » Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:34 pm

Well here's a laugh for you. French lorry drivers were going to do an "escargot" at Arras in protest at the blockades caused by the ferry strikers ! One set of workers protesting against another set ! The "escargot" was called off, but such a pity actually as the more attention that is given to the chaos and mayhem in the Calais, and Folkestone and Dover, areas, the better. The M20 is currently closed again (Wednesday afternoon) between junctions 8 and 11 for Operation Stack "due to the heavy volume of freight heading towards the channel ports"...ha, not even a strike or a migrant to bring the M20 to a standstill !

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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby gurubarry » Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:43 pm

Oh NO....I'm booked to return 9th. September Eurotunnel .....better buy waterwings ? :(
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby peter » Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:03 pm

gurubarry wrote:Oh NO....I'm booked to return 9th. September Eurotunnel .....better buy waterwings ? :(


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Postby gurubarry » Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:32 pm

2 points ! Can he collect me from Montpellier ? lol :D
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Re: SEAFRANCE FERRIES RIP ?

Postby anneb » Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:10 pm

gurubarry wrote:Oh NO....I'm booked to return 9th. September Eurotunnel .....better buy waterwings ? :(

I've been following Eurotunnel on Twitter. They have problems nearly every night in Calais, don't always publicise it too much. Last night, for example, there were migrants got to the tunnel entrance. Someone tweeted that their booked shuttle was at 1.25am and they were held up at the Calais terminal for six hours !!! Article now about last night's incursion in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... ences.html

We're booked for September, there and back, and it is certainly a worry that we may be held up for ages. We've often been held up on the Shuttle for 30 mins or an hour - the terminals either end are both miserable places to hang around in.

Thankfully the M20 is cleared of Operation Stack since yesterday and looks like the government is organising some car parks for the lorries for next time there's a problem. The M20 became a huge lorry park with Kent police glorified car park attendants. Chaos for the people of Kent - we have friends in Hythe, it took them several hours to get home from London last weekend due to the diversions.
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