Is the DFDS – P&O Ferries capacity sharing agreement distorting competition?

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United Kingdom’s CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) is investigating whether a capacity sharing agreement between P&O Ferries and DFDS, on the Dover-Calais route has potential to prevent, restrict or distort competition within the UK.

The investigation has been launched on 11 November 2021.

The P&O and DFDS freight space agreement commenced on 7 November. Drivers are allowed to embark on the next available ferry, either from DFDS or P&O.

If going with DFDS or P&O, truck drivers have a ferry every 37 minutes.

Competitor Irish Ferries will have a departure every 2 ½ hours, once the second ship enters the route. [FSN Week 45]

Another competitor is GetLink, the ‘tunnel’.

Back in 2013, the UK Competition Commission ruled that Eurotunnel, which leased the three MyFerryLink vessels to the SCOP, could no longer operate ferry services from Dover.

Reason: the proportion of the cross-Channel market that Eurotunnel held as a result.

In 2015 Eurotunnel sold ropax ferries RODIN and BERLIOZ to DFDS.

Name swap at Destination Gotland

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From week 47 to week 49, the LNG RoPax VISBORG will embark on a planned shipyard visit in Landskrona.

In connection with this, the ship will also change its name to VISBY. (Destination Gotland’s newest ships are always named VISBY and GOTLAND.

The older VISBY will have its new name in January 2022: VISBORG. She is actually on a charter to DFDS for the France-Ireland service.

SAOS Ferries Has A Ship For Sale

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Mr. Fotis Manousis of SAOS Ferries, announced -during a radio interview – that from next October his ferries will operate in the Northern Sporades, suspending their operations at the Alexandroupoli-Samothrace run.

At the same time, he said that he is looking for a buyer for the ship SAONISOS. The ship’s price in the market is EUR 6 million.