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Speed Ferries are offering 'open' one way tickets for £30 each way between Dover and Boulugne for a car and upto 5 passengers. The great thing about these tickets is that you can use them at ANY time upto the end of 2009. So even if you're not sure of your exact dates, you can buy the tickets now and confirm them later.

Having checked their website, it appears their most expensive return in peak season is £158, therefore using this deal can save upto £98 for a return journey.

I was planning a last minute return to France this weekend anyway and using this deal saved myself 25% on their cheapest ticket. Speed Ferries are also the quickest way to cross the channel with a journey time of only 50 minutes. Boulougne is also the best route for trips to Paris and Euro Disney.

The website does not give a closing date for the offer, but does say that it is a limited offer, so get in soon!
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Be aware that Speedferries fast ferry SpeedOne was seized by Boulogne port authorities due to non-payment of port fees. This could be the end not only for Speedferries but als for chap fares across the channel.

From Speedferries own website

7 November 2008 09:00

Arrest of SpeedOne by the Port Authorities in Boulogne

Yesterday afternoon, shortly after 17:00 UK time, the Port authorities of Boulogne arrested SpeedFerries’ SpeedOne during its turnaround. The arrest was made on the basis of SpeedFerries Limited’s debts to the port in relation to port dues and taxes.

The arrest was totally unexpected, as the authorities had given written confirmation that no legal steps would be taken prior to a meeting planned for 10:00 today. At this meeting SpeedFerries in consultation with its bankers and financial advisors, were to present a proposal for a resolution of the issues relating to outstanding dues and taxes, as well as disputes with the Port regarding:

A) Substantial counterclaims towards the Port which have been entirely ignored by the French authorities, and

B) Serious competition and discriminatory issues in relation to the Port’s dealings with a French ferry operator preparing to start-up a Dover-Boulogne service.

The authorities informed the SpeedFerries staff on site that the arrest was carried out despite the written agreement, as “this would strengthen the negotiating position of the Port against SpeedFerries”.

As the actions of the Boulogne Port authorities are now proven to be unpredictable and inconsistent with their given guarantees, SpeedFerries finds itself in a position where it is unable to inform its customers, employees or business partners, of a firm date for the resumption of services.

The company deeply regrets this situation and asks everyone affected to accept our sincere apologies. Further statements will be issued when more information of substance becomes available.

SpeedFerries Limited
Curt Stavis
Chief Executive Officer

And from Llloyds List

SpeedFerries' Dover-Boulogne service grinds to halt

Andrew Spurrier, Paris - Friday 7 November 2008

THE SpeedFerrries catamaran ferry service between Dover and Boulogne-sur-Mer was at a standstill today after the company´s only vessel, SpeedOne, was seized in Boulogne on Thursday evening on the order of the local court of commerce.

The Boulogne chamber of commerce, which operates the port, said that it had applied for the seizure of the vessel against arrears in port dues run up by the ferry company.

It added that the vessel would be held until an agreement on the arrears had been reached with SpeedFerries.

"The Boulogne chamber of commerce is open to all solutions to resolve this situation favourably and rapidly in order for the service to resume as soon as possible," it said.

SpeedFerries said that the chamber´s action had been "totally unexpected".

Chief executive Curt Stavis said in a statement that he had a written assurance from the chamber that no legal action would be taken prior to a meeting due to take place on Friday morning at 1000 hrs.

"At this meeting, SpeedFerries, in consultation with its bankers and financial advisors, were to present a proposal for a resolution of the issues relating to outstanding dues and taxes, as well as disputes with the port," he said.

He said that the chamber had told local SpeedFerries personnel that they had decided to go ahead with the arrest, despite its undertaking to wait for today´s meeting to "strengthen the negotiating position of the port".

He apologised to the company´s customers but said that, given the chamber´s "unpredictable and inconsistent" behaviour, he was unable to give a firm date for a resumption of services.

He indicated that the company had other grievances against the chamber, including counter-claims which it said had been ignored and "serious competition and discriminatory issues" related to the planned start-up next year of a Boulogne-Dover ferry service by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs subsidiary LD Lines.

SpeedFerries has been operating between Dover and Boulogne since May 2004 but has never succeeded in consolidating its position through the addition of a second vessel.

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