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Here you will find the latest news about ferry transfers. The updates are made at irregular intervals when important changes are known.
 

11-11 Traffic jam on the english channel
08-11  Strike / industrial action at the Eurotunnel
02-11  Strike in Greece

09-10  New connection to Alexandria & Tartous
23.09. Strike in Calais
18.05. another Seamens strike in Greece
28.04. Seamens strike in Greece
07.04. Seafrance strike on the english channel has ended!
02.04. Seafrance strike / industrial action – situation update 1600h
02.04. Seafrance strike at the English Channel 1200h
01.04. Bad weather in the English Channel
22.03. Strike ends in Finland
 

11-11 Traffic jam on the english channel
Ferry company Seafrance (Calais - Dover v.v.) has got no crossings at the moment (details to be validated), and the Eurotunnel started his "Capacity Protection Mode" - that means, even in case of a valid booking the crossing for the truck is not guaranteed, because only a number "X" of crossings will be accepted by the Eurotunnel.

Please contact us for information about alternative routes, we do supply bookings on all routes and ferry companies to minimise problems as far as possible.

Many thanks for your understanding, we`ll keep you updated!

best regards
Your TSF Ferries team



08-11 Strike / industrial action at the Eurotunnel
Due to a threat of industrial action called by Unions in France from Saturday 27th August, we would like to advise you that our Freight service is likely to face disruption this weekend.
You may be aware that this weekend coincides with the busiest Calais-Folkestone returning holiday traffic, it is therefore possible that this action may cause congestion in the Calais area.
We have now closed all Freight internet bookings for the Eurotunnel during this period as we are currently unable to estimate the full effect of this potential industrial action on our service.
As a result, we would strongly advise you, wherever possible, to re-plan your delivery dates or routes to avoid this likely disruption.
We will keep you informed of the situation as it develops.
If you`re in need of help regarding possible alternative routes & bookings please don`t hesitate to call!

 

02-11 Strike in Greece
Because of a strike in Greece, a part of the departures from/to Greece on 23.2. and 24.2. will be cancelled. For further information please do contact us.

============ 2010 ===============

09-10 New connection to Alexandria & Tartous
We are pleased to announce the start of a new ferry connection from Italy (Venice) to Egypt (Alexandria) and Syria (Tartous). We are happy to assist you with reservations and general information.!
 

23.09. Strike in Calais
For the 23.9. was a declared a strike of staff of the French Chamber of Commerce – from which are the connections to the UK (Dover) involved, delays are expected in the clearance of ships.


18.05. another Seamens strike in Greece
For 20.5. is another strike of the Greek seamen announced. Start is planned on 20.5. at 0001h, the end is set with 20.5. 2359h. Departures within Greece or even in the international routes are cancelled on that day of course - please plan accordingly or ask us for alternatives (Superfast Ferries, Anek Lines, Minoan Lines etc etc).!

28.04. Seamens strike in Greece
We kindly inform you, that due to the 24hours strike of the Panhellenic Seamen\'s Federation in Greece that will start on Saturday 1st May 2010 at 06:00 and end on Sunday 2nd May 2010 at 06:00, there will be no departures from Greece to Ancona on Saturday 1 May and from Italy to Greece on Sunday 2 May.

07.04. Seafrance strike on the english channel has ended!
Early today at 0705h, the normal operation of the Seafrance ferries (Calais - Dover v.v.) was resumed. Some small delays caused by the backlog of vehicles not shipped are likely to happen, but will be processed as quickly as possible.Thank you for your understanding and wish you a good crossing!

 02.04. Seafrance strike / industrial action – situation update 1600h
The strike of the Seafrance personnel is now in full force – the end of the industrial action is unforeseeable. Please do contact us for alternative crossing options. Please avoid the way to Calais because of congestions out of the industrial action.
 

02.04. Seafrance strike at the English Channel 1200h
Two of the ships from Seafrance are on strike from today 1200h on - the other two ships are currently on duty, but with some delay. The duration of the unannounced strike is unforeseeable.
 

01.04. Bad weather in the English Channel
Due to strong winds in the English Channel, currently are significant delays on the routes Calais-Dover, Dunkerque-Dover and Boulogne-Dover.
 

22.03. Strike ends in Finland
The strike by port workers in Finland has ended – do to an enormous backlog of unshipped unaccompanied traffic there`s still a heavy congestion in the ports.



============ 2009 ==============

01.12. BAF rised again / rised oil prices
Because of the again rised oil-prices most of the ferry operators rised again their BAF surcharges. We`ll tell you all actual rates on request - we`re not allowed to display our comprehensive list as we`ve done before.
 

01.12. Bad weather North Sea / Channel / Irish Sea / Baltic sea - weather forecast
Because of bad weather in Northern Europe but also in Greece, we again want to rule out the importance of the lashing regulkations in force by the ferry companies - full information about this subject you`ll find under the approbiate document in our section "downloads". Becouse of the bad weather, of course, failures or delays at the crossings are to be expected!
 

07.09 Lashing regulations
We would like to point out again the current lashing regulations for trucks - specially now at the start of the bad-weather time is this a very strict handled matter. A short explanation about the correct lashing of trucks you`ll find under "Downloads". Please don`t forgett also the loaded cargo on the truck must be secured properly (seaworthy)!
 

01.09. BAF in September rised again
Because of the again rised oil-prices most of the ferry operators rised again their BAF surcharges. The most important actual rates you`ll find in our updated BAF-list (under "Downloads").


01.07. BAF rised again
Because of the rised oil-prices and currency rates most of the ferry companies rised again there BAF rates - also on the english channel all ferry companies are charging BAF again. Full details and rates you`ll find on our actual BAF-list (under "downloads").


16.04. Strike in France has ended (1330h)
It seems, the strike in France has ended. Since yesterday late evening the ferries from Calais and Dunkerque are crossing normally, Norfolkline confirmed right now the strike in Dunkerque finally has ended.Right now there are some queues because of alll the lorries in the harbours, but this should be back to normal during today afternoon.


15.04. Strike in France / Channel harbours
Since today morning 0700h all French channel harbours are striked again - this affects Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne. Right now it`s unclear how long this strike action will take, there are no crossings possible between France and UK.Please contact us to find out about the existing alternatives.

25.02. Strike in Greek has ended
The strike in greek has been endet by today morning - the ferries to Italy are travelling again as usual.

23.02. Bad weather / Lashing regulations
Because of bad weather in Northern Europe but also in Greece, we again want to rule out the importance of the lashing regulkations in force by the ferry companies - full information about this subject you`ll find under the approbiate document in our section "downloads". Becouse of the bad weather, of course, failures or delays at the crossings are to be expected!
 

19.02. Strike in Greece
Currently is in the Greek ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras a strike in place - impact on the ferries is expected, at present is already the truck entrance to the port prevented. We keep you posted!

22.01. Bad weather forecast / English channel
The last weather forecast is announcing very bad conditions for the following 24 hours and specifically for the night to come.Very strong winds are announced (gale 7 to 9) with severe squalls up to gale 10. Those weather conditions could have an impact on our services. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

02.01. BAF reduction for January
By once again fallen world oil prices the ferry companies again reduced the BAF rates -you can find the current rates available under "Downloads".

 

01.01. Updates for 2009 / Changes
The year 2009 starts gratifying - most shipping companies renounce price risings because of the current situation on the market, or do make only very modest increases. Please contact us for the current rates in 2009, our offers of 2008 of course are no longer valid.

============ 2008 ==============


05.12. again strike in Dover / english channel
Dover Harbour Board have advised of days strikes on next week.
Monday 08th of Dec 07.00 hrs until Tuesday 09th of Dec 07.00 hrs
Wednesday 10th of Dec 15.00 hrs until Thursday 11th of Dec 07.00 hrs
Friday 12th of Dec 15.00 hrs until Saturday 13th of Dec 07.00 hrs
Again DHB have announced that they have plans in place for this situation which will ensure that ferry services and traffic will not be affected and that their shore side operations will continue almost as normal.We will provide regular update bulletins throughout the period.


01.12. securing of trucks / lashing regulations
We would like to point out again the current lashing regulations for trucks - specially in wintertime (bad weather) is this a very strict handled matter. A short explanation about the correct lashing of trucks you`ll find under "Downloads". Please don`t forgett also the loaded cargo on the truck must be secured properly (seaworthy)!
 

01.12. new BAF reduction for December
Because of the again reduced prices for the crude oil on the world market, the BAF rates are again decreased - please find the actual rates under "Downloads" as usual.
 

25.11. another Strike in Dover / english channel
There will be a 72 hour strike by Dover Harbour Board port operations staff from 0700 Thursday 27th November until 0700 Sunday 30th November.Dover Harbour Board have announced that they have plans in place for this situation which will ensure that ferry services and traffic will not be affected and that their shoreside operations will continue almost as normal.We will provide regular update bulletins throughout the period.

 

17.11. Strike in Dover / english channel
There will be a 48 hour strike by Dover Harbour Board port operations staff from 0700 Tuesday 18th November until 0700 Thursday 19th November.Dover Harbour Board have announced that they have plans in place for this situation which will ensure that ferry services and traffic will not be affected and that their shoreside operations will continue almost as normal.We will provide regular update bulletins throughout the period.

3.11. BAF reduction
Because of the decreased price for oil on the world market, most ferry companies decreased their rates for the bunker surcharge - the new BAF list is online (to be found under "Downloads").

 

3.10. Slight increase in Eurotunnel crossings
Eurotunnel (Calais-Folkestone v.v.) increases his crossings to "every 90 minutes". Up to now the pure cargo crossings was done only "every 120 minutes".

 

18.9. Restarting the Zeebrugge-Rosyth service possible?
The latest media reports that the Dutch Norfolkline plans in the spring of 2009 a new edition of the recently closed ferry connection from Zeebrügge to Rosyth (Scotland).At the beginning, the service will be operated with one ship(3 sailings per week).


17.9. Seafrance increases to 28 crossings a day
To cope with the increased freight and passenger traffic at the English Channel, the French Seafrance decided to increase the number of crossings to 28 per day and direction. By the partial closure of the Channel Tunnel (Eurotunnel), all English Channel ferry operators report increased freight volume.


13.9. Superfast Ferries cancels the connection Zeebrügge-Roysth
By today, the shipping company Superfast Ferries closes now after six years of operation the connection Zeebrugge-Rosyth. The last crossing will take place today, sailing from Rosyth. According the company the closure of the route is done for financial reasons.

 

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