SeaFrance ferries sail again after buy-out

SeaFrance ferries sail again after buy-out
Photo: Sébastien Torond
Ferries once owned by bankrupt firm SeaFrance took to the sea again Monday under the name of My Ferry Link after a buy-out by the operator of the tunnel between Britain and France.

The Berlioz and Rodin, two of the three ferries of the SeaFrance fleet, restarted the busy Calais to Dover service nine months after their previous owner went bust.

Eurotunnel, the Channel tunnel operator, bought the two ships along with the Nord/Pas-de-Calais vessel for 65 million euros ($82 million), and has rented them to a workers' cooperative of ex-SeaFrance employees.

Around 400 workers, mostly ex-employees of SeaFrance, were taken on by the new operator. SeaFrance employed 880 people in France and its British branch employed 130 people.

My Ferry Link says it is aiming for up to 14 percent of the freight market and up to 10 percent of the passenger market on the route, which is also served by P&O Ferries and DFDS/LD Lines.

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