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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Tried to phone them and comes back with 'out of service' - let's hope it does not mean they have no service due to being stuck mid tunnel
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Old 30.06.2015, 16:43
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

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Eurotunnel bought out Seafrance when it went belly up in 2012. After a court ruling saying they can't own both (tunnel and ferries) they put MyFerrylink up for sale - there was no one willing to buy it as a going concern. Their licence to operate is being withdrawn. As of Friday the company would have 2 ships they couldn't use. With no buyer in sight - they asset stripped - and if they are smart will have structured the original deal using debt to the parent company - the boats will service the debt and MyFerrylink will be put into bankruptcy - and the workers will get bugger all.

Their jobs have been on borrowed time since the UK court ruling.
Back in 2010 a restructure was proposed that would, in theory, stemmed the losses Seafrance was making (around 3m a month) but at the cost of 400 jobs (from a workforce of 1850). Can you guess what happened?

The French went on strike and the restructure was canned.

5 years down the line the total job losses will be 1850!!
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Old 30.06.2015, 17:19
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

No, DFDS are taking on 200 of the remaining workers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyFerryLink

Presumably others will continue to be employed by Eurotunnel on the freight ship - so this isn't necessarily about job losses. Just French bloodymindedness because the authorities let them get away with such actions without any consequences.

Lorry transport companies are starting to avoid the port completely and this will probably push tourists to do the same. So even more could lose out.

Pity the LD Lines service from Boulogne folded. That was a very nice and easy journey to do.

"The group also said it would have preferred to sell the business to SCOP SeaFrance, the workers co-operative company operating the route on its behalf." So you can blame the co-operative/union/French government for not coughing up the cash to keep their jobs.

"Eurotunnel, which employs 3,700 people in the UK and France, asked for a competition ruling to be lifted in relation to the freight ship Nord Pas de Calais so that it can continue operating."

"But its MyFerryLink service, which employs 600 staff, of which 100 based at Dover and competes with P&O and DFDS Seaways, has not turned a profit since it began operations in August 2012.

The CMA's chairman of the Eurotunnel inquiry group, Alasdair Smith, said in January: ‘Our first priority remains to protect the interests of passengers and freight customers.

‘With two of the operators on the Dover-Calais route making substantial losses, it remains our view that the current level of competition on the route is unsustainable and likely to lead to the exit of a competitor.

‘Having one of only two ferry operators owned by the competing rail link would be bad for customers.’

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/m...itor-DFDS.html
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Old 30.06.2015, 18:12
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

I am in the UK at present unable to travel due to having had a nasty fall and can't walk. The local Kent news is reporting on the utter chaos around Dover because of operation Stack where all the lorries are lined up on the M20. All the local roads are full of trucks and it is impossible on the roads.

For any of you if you manage to get over - try the route on the A2 then onto the M2 towards London - might save any delays.

Odile - I do hope that the family are not stuck in the tunnel - happened to us once and not pleasant. Eurotunnel are very good and do distribute cold water to all the passengers in their cars.
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Oh dear SJ- I am so sorry to hear abouit the fall- will pm you now xxx

Can't get in touch with sil and bil- phone out of service- so hope that does not mean they are stuck in Tunnel ... they are supposed to get to Langres tonight, before coming over to us. The whole debacle sounds dreadful- and the illegal immigrants trying to cross to uk are of course trying to use this as a golden opportunity. Must be very intimidating...
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Sorry to hear that smackerjack, hope you're better soon.

M20 between junctions 8 and 9 is closed both ways for Operation Stack.

http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/breaking-news/

So yes, using the A2/M2 may be a bit quicker.
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Just phoned the Hôtel in Langres to wanr them they might be late, or not get there at all- only to be told they arrived 1 hour ago and are resting in the room before dinner ... pheeew.
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Good news Odile. Your SIL belongs to that group, "We won't turn the phone on, as there is no new news here".

Other travellers are not so lucky, one hour ago,

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33334936
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Good new Odile, you can sleep easy tonight - heat permitting of course!

I'm surprised that Eurotunnel doesn't seem to be able to protect their property given they've already been through this last week. How exactly did they get back on the tracks again? If I were travelling or the owner of a company affected by this I'd be suing the French police/government for not putting a stop to it immediately. Protest by all means, but this disruption is uncalled for and will only make more people use the Chunnel and then the other ferry companies will go out of business with loss of jobs for both ferry workers and those in the port. But somehow they can never see that.
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Strike action suspended for the time being so some ferries going in and out of Dover. They've also move another ferry onto the Dover/Dunkirk route to help ease congestion there too.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-33359337

No guarantees it won't start up again after the strikers talks with the French Transport ministry.

Phase Four of Operation Stack was put in place for the first time ever and Road Haulage Association are calling for troops to be sent in to break the strike.
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Here we go again.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34432386
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Here we goooooo....its the same constantly there...its like your entering a prison facility.
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Re: Warning: Unrest at Calais Ferry Port - delays likely

Not what we found a couple of weeks ago. When we went from our hotel in Calais to the port we saw a total of 3 migrants. There were more police around than migrants. Admittedly it was pretty early - just after 7am.
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