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June 23, 2015

English Channel ferry services restart after French worker protests

Cross-channel ferry services between Dover and Calais have resumed after the French ferry worker protest caused the closure of Port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel.

By Samseer M

Cross-channel ferry services between Dover and Calais have resumed after the French ferry worker protest caused the closure of Port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel.

Employees of English Channel passenger and freight ferry company MyFerryLink, formerly SeaFrance, started protesting after the firm announced plans to sell two of its ferries to rival firm DFDS.

The MyFerryLink vessels were used to block the port and prevent other ferry vessels from entering.

A Port of Dover spokesman was quoted by the Guardian as saying: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible."

"MyFerryLink vessels were used to block the port and prevent other ferry vessels from entering."

MyFerryLink has now announced that its crossings to Calais have returned to the scheduled timetable.

As a result of the industrial action, traffic through the Channel Tunnel that connects Britain and France was also halted, creating long queues of vehicles waiting to cross.

Also, both Eurotunnel and Eurostar suspended their services due to the disruption in the routes. The long queue of stationary cars and trucks in Calais witnessed hundreds of migrants trying to break into vehicles in attempts to reach the UK.

Responding to this issue, UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire was quoted by BBC new agency as saying: "It is hugely regrettable that we’ve seen these incidents occurring as a result of industrial action in France.

"We are putting additional resourcing into the Port of Dover to enhance screenings and detections there, so that we’re looking at this on both sides of the Channel."

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