When SeaFrance first when into liquidation it had services suspended whilst court action got under way to decide its future, it was believed however; that the company would get back to normal and resume its day to day business within a couple of days. That hasn’t proved to be the case; and now the ferry company looks like it won’t be running any services at all for the foreseeable future.
It is a devastating blow for many travellers and is an even bigger shock for the French people who all saw the firm as being an institution with regards to sea travel. The court has given the company until January 28th to attract a buyer or else the firm will cease operations for good. It is hard to believe that such a highly respected company could come to such a catastrophic end. The feelings of the staff must also be taken into account as many of them now will have to start searching for alternative employment in case the very worst is confirmed.
On the opposite side of the coin, the company’s demise does spell good news in other ways as P&O Ferries have increased the amount of services that they are offering as news of SeaFrance’s cancelled services has filtered through. Even though P&O have stepped in so that passengers are not left stranded, it is bringing money in to the company coffers and at the same time means that even if SeaFrance do get back up and running, they will have a lot of work to do to attract the customers back.