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DFDS and LD Lines to enter Dover-Calais market.

[ January 10, 2012   //   ]

DFDS Seaways and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs said they are planning to open a new ferry route between Dover and Calais. It follows the cessation of rival state-owned operator SeaFrance”s service and liquidation of the operator by a French commercial court on Monday. The two lines had earlier expressed interest in buying SeaFrance but later withdrew their interest. The partners said they would operate two French manned vessels. Eurotunnel has also expressed interest in buying all or part of SeaFrance.

DFDS already operates freight and passenger services on the Dover-Dunkerque route, a service it took over when it bought out Maersk’s Norfolk Line short-sea subsidiary.