Sea france busted

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  1. 1948

    1948 Read Only Funster

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    This may of interest for some booked up with seafrance


    PRESS RELEASE FROM SEAFRANCE

    SeaFrance

    Urgent information

    We are approaching November 16th, the date when the decision of the Court of commerce will dictate the future of the Company, the Board of SeaFrance, and the Receivers have decided, in liaison with the French National Authorities, to suspend the ship operations on the 15th of November at 04 00 hours.

    We have taken this decision, with full knowledge of the consequences, to safeguard the security of the passengers, crews, vehicles and ships. We are conscious of the inconvenience this situation is causing and we apologise for this. We will keep you informed of any changes in the present situation.

    Should you need any further information, Please contact us on +44 (0) 845 458 0666 to speak to a member of staff.
     
  2. Road Runner

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    Oh I really hope not they have been holding a ticket open for over a year, treated me well as it was cheapest they do,, good customer relations..

    My own fault not using it earlier if they have gone under sadly:cry:
     
  3. Craig Rogers

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    Hold your horses!.......

    They've only done this to stop the militant workers damaging the ships. The final decision is at the courts tomorrow but there was rumour that the union workers would sink one of the ships in port if they didn't like the outcome. Whichever way it goes, I doubt it will go with the unions wishes.

    As far as I can see it, they'll either be liquidated or DFDS will have the takeover. I can't see the Union gang's takeover being anywhere near good enough.

    So to keep the calm, they have decided to stop working today. Makes a lot of sense to me.

    So it's not quite over yet.........

    I've got tickets booked next month too!......
     
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    In reality Sea France have been "Bust" for many years...

    They have been kept alive by "support" from the French government, although they are supposed to be a private enterprise, much to the anger of other operators operating out of Dover.

    These sort of deadlines and meetings have been an ongoing feature behind the scenes at Sea France on numerous occasions over the years..

    I would not worry that they will disappear any time soon though they may lose one or two ships from the service, thus reducing crossings.

    Callum
     
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    Not quite, unless they extend again, which I think this time is not likely, tomorrow could finally see the end of Seafrance. The liquidators are rubbing their hands waiting..... :cry:

    Hopefully, something good will come out of tomorrow's hearing.
     
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    When we returned at the end of September the crew just about equalled the passengers, that can't go on indefinitely.
     
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    I went over last Thursday (booze cruise) and he ship was pretty empty. Car deck less than 1/4 full. It was a very pleasant crossing, no crowding no queues. I suppose it will have to be P&O at 50% more expensive next time, and that's assuming the reduction in competition won't lead to a large increase in fares.:Sad:
     
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    Well that's the way it works.
     
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    most deff it will lead to fare increace ,,,,, old saying you want to go you pay more ,,,,
     
  10. Craig Rogers

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    Hopefully, whether DFDS get the purchase or not, there'll be a gap in the market for DFDS to start a Dover<>Calais crossing??????
     
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    just contacted Seafrance.

    I have a ferry booked. I have been informed that should the company not be taken over then a full refund will be given.
    If it is taken over, then a transfer will be offered.

    I felt a little awkward speaking to someone whom may well lose their job but enquiring about my £58 booking fee. :Sad:

    I hope they survive, less competition will be a disaster for ferry prices
     
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    Freight is what pays for the ferries not us holiday makers, there will be some wheeling and dealings going on in the background, what will hurt us, may crucify haulage companies, especially the ones that are dilligently dismantling the UK haulage industry. If I could get a cheap enough price, i'd use the tunnel, but deals seem few and far between.:Eeek:
     
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    I always did Seafrance for about 7 years but the last 3 years or so they have been MORE expensive than P&O on our crossing times ...
    Price is always my main factor, cant say I had any faults with either company regarding facilities and service..
    Nice to have at least 2 companies to compare prices...
     
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    not sounding good at the moment
     
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    It's funny how all the P&O prices have seemed to have gone up by a lot since this morning for December crossings.......

    I checked this morning and it was £80 for the weekend we are going, it's now £122.
     
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    Typical P&O.......

    I worked for them on the Dover Calais service amongst other routes....
    Not a nice outfit to work for......
     
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    Will need to wait and see who wec an leave the UK with on 30th of November and how much extra it will cost.
     
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    ITS a shame they didn't ask Jim to fix it for them:Rofl1:
     
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