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Eurotunnel’s Ferry Strategy at Risk as Rivals Cry Foul: Freight

Channel Tunnel operator Groupe Eurotunnel SA’s plan to boost cargo revenue by running ferries alongside the 30-mile subsea rail route risks unraveling amid opposition from antitrust regulators and shipping companies.

Eurotunnel must decide next week whether to bid for the French ports of Calais and Boulogne to complement its ferry unit. Creating that business has been hampered by opposition from the U.K. Competition Commission, while Britain’s P&O Ferries says the harbor purchase would hurt competition in one of the world’s busiest cross-border freight markets.