SeaFrance to be liquidated. DFDS/LD Lines plan to take over Dover-Calais
Monday 9th January 2012 the commercial court of Paris decided to liquidate SeaFrance, which operated a route between Dover and Calais, with immediate effect. DFDS and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LD Lines) formed a joint venture in 2011 that bid to acquire certain assets of SeaFrance, but the bid was rejected by the commercial court of Paris in December 2011. DFDS Seaways announced that the underlying industrial logic of DFDS’ and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ joint venture has remained intact throughout the process and is still in a unique position to create a number of sustainable French jobs, including the deployment of French flagged ships. DFDS confirmed that they are continuing to pursue opportunities to establish a new route between Dover and Calais with the intention to operate two ships under the French flag manned by with French seamen. To open a new route, and provide an attractive service for customers, DFDS and LD Lines aim to hire about 300 staff and expect to be able to start the recruitment process soon. The new route would be operated by vessels currently owned by the joint venture or vessels available on the market.