Harbour masters and other staff are on strike in the Port of Calais. The 24-hour closure began at 8 a.m. this morning. DFDS has switched a Calais ship to the Dover-Dunkirk route and freight vehicles and passengers due to travel between Dover and Calais with DFDS on Thursday are being shipped on the next available Dover-Dunkirk sailing instead.
Ferries between Dover and Calais are suspended due to a strike by harbour masters and other staff at the French port. No DFDS or P&O Ferries staff are on strike.
DFDS has switched one of its Calais ships to the Dover-Dunkirk route to provide extra capacity. Freight vehicles and passengers due to travel between Dover and Calais with DFDS on Thursday are being shipped on the next available Dover-Dunkirk sailing instead.
The situation is causing delays and there are queues in the ports of Dover and Calais. “We luckily have a route from nearby Dunkirk to Dover and are directing all Dover traffic there. We have two ships in Calais not moving and the staff on them will be supplying waiting drivers with lunch shortly, while they wait to get a spot on the next available vessel crossing the Channel. We are very busy and hope that the strike is called off before time. But we are planning and guiding passengers based on the assumption that the strike will continue until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning,” says DFDS’ Dover Port Operations Director Jesper Christensen.
24 september 2020