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Ferry operators fuel furore

A huge increase in cross-Channel ferry fares is being predicted if the operators have to switch to more environmentally-friendly fuels in two years time. They claim their costs will increase by up to 80 per cent and that will have a knock-on effect for passengers.

Environmentalists say the industry has a duty to reduce the pollution ferries pump out. David Johns reports, talking to MP Caroline Lucas, Dave Balston from the UK Chamber of Shipping, Carsten Jensen of DFDS Seaways, and MEP Keith Taylor.

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Strike action causes more ferry disruption

Brittany Ferries cancel more sailings Credit: PA

Brittany Ferries has been forced to cancel sailings until at least Tuesday after talks with unions broke down.

A series of strikes have been held for a week now in protest at the ferry companies planned money saving measures.

The firm, which has its UK headquarters in Portsmouth, says the crew unions’ members would not agree to sign a draft agreement document

Brittany Ferries is sending its customers to Dover where P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink will accept its tickets.

A spokesman said:

‘Brittany Ferries very much regrets the effect that the disruption is having on its customers and would like to reassure everyone that the management is working hard to reach a swift end to the dispute as well as doing everything possible to help its customers rearrange their travel plans.’

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