France hails British ruling on Channel ferry operator

MyFerryLink: Frédéric Cuvillier welcomes a decision that safeguards the future of the company and its employees - Statement by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

4 December 2013

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has today issued its ruling on the appeal lodged against the 6 June ruling by the Competition Commission, the British competition authority, banning MyFerryLink from operating any ferry services to the port of Dover for a 10-year period with the ships Berlioz and Rodin and a two-year period with any other ships on the same route.

Frédéric Cuvillier notes the ruling made today and welcomes the fact that the Competition Appeal Tribunal approved the appeal lodged by MyFerryLink and quashed the Competition Commission’s ruling.

Frédéric Cuvillier continues to think that keeping three ferry companies operating in the Channel guarantees effective competition, and in this regard he recalls the positive decision issued by the French competition authority on 7 November 2012 regarding Eurotunnel’s purchase of three former SeaFrance ships.

Frédéric Cuvillier, who hailed MyFerryLink’s success by making a crossing on the Rodin on 6 August, “once again provides his full support not only to the 533 seamen and office staff, a large majority of whom are former SeaFrance employees, but also to the innovative economic model which the SCOP [Société coopérative] embodies today”. The Minister recalls that “in the space of 15 months, the SCOP has managed to conquer an 11% share of the freight traffic market and an 8% share of the passenger traffic market, which raises bright prospects for the French cross-Channel maritime economy”.

Published on 04/12/2013

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