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DFDS halts Dover to Calais ferry services

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DFDS halts Dover to Calais ferry services
08:44 CEST+02:00
Danish ferry company DFDS Seaways said Sunday it has suspended its services linking northern France's Calais and England's Dover after one of its vessels was hit by a distress flare.

DFDS Seaways services between Dover and Calais remained suspended on Monday morning after an incident on Saturday when a flare was reportedly fired at one of the boats.

"On Saturday night, one of our ferries, the Malo Seaways, was the target of distress flares, one of which struck our ferry," a company spokesman said.

"After these incidents and due to safety concerns for our staff, our ships and our passengers, we have decided to suspend our service to Calais until further notice," he added.

On its Twitter account, the company said the suspension will last "until Tuesday 28 July due to continued disruption".

The company runs 10 crossings a day each way between Dover and Calais.

Traffic has been diverted to Dunkirk in northern France from Calais.

A spokeswoman for DFDS told The Local that there are tow hour delays on their services running to Dunkirk, but they have increased capacity to try to cope with the disruption.

The spokesperson did not say for how long the Calais services will remain suspended.

The Danish company's services have been disrupted in recent weeks because of militant industrial action by workers of a French company MyFerryLink.

DFDS have bought two of the MyFerryLink boats but will not keep on all the staff. The boats have been occupied by MyFerryLink workers who are refusing to hand them over until a deal is found.

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