2nd July 2015
Dover / Calais update
The Port of Calais partially re-opened yesterday evening as the union representing protestors announced it would be meeting France’s transport minister in talks scheduled to begin at 11am local time today.
However, there continue to be major truck backlogs on both sides of Channel, with limited Dover-Calais sailings and severe delays on the Eurotunnel truck shuttle from France.
The general secretary of the union representing the protestors, the Syndicat Maritime Nord, Eric Vercoutre, said the occupation of the two (MyFerryLink) vessels in the port was being maintained but P&O Ferries’ vessels were being allowed to enter the port one at a time until the end of the talks with the minister. In its latest travel update P&O Ferries said it was currently sailing every two hours between Calais and Dover.
DFDS has reinforced operations on its Dover-Dunkirk route but currently has no vessels serving Calais or at anchor in the port. “We have four vessels operating between Dover and Dunkirk and are trying to bring some relief to freight and passenger traffic that would normally would have gone through Calais. But traffic conditions in and around Dunkirk are very difficult.”