The shipping company Corsica Linea (ex-SNCM), of which three ships have been blocked since Friday by the strikers of La Méridionale on the port of Marseille, announced on Tuesday, January 14th, the cancellation of all its crossings to Corsica on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She explains:
"Our crossings are currently severely disrupted due to the cumulative effect" of «The strike of the sailors of La Méridionale» and the «Blockade of the port of Marseille, from 15 to 17 January 2020, as part of the national protest movement against retirement reform. News
As a result, the company cancels a total of 18 crossings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to six crossings a day: four from Marseille to different Corsican ports and two from Ajaccio and Bastia to Marseille. Tickets will be refunded, the company said. A scheduled crossing on Wednesday from Algiers to Marseille is also canceled and passengers are reclassified to the next scheduled crossing on Monday.
The Corsican Workers' Union (STC) and the CFTC of La Méridionale, which called for the strike and blockade of Corsica Linea boats, are calling for an agreement between their company and Corsica Linea to share the future service. five Corsican ports from Marseille from January 2021 for seven years.
Regional shipping company
This dessert must be done as part of a regional shipping company wanted by the nationalists at the head of the community of Corsica, which will be based on a public-private partnership within a single-operation joint venture ( Semop).
This company will be owned 50.1% by the community of Corsica (CdC) and 49.9% by a private shareholder. The private operator (or group of operators) will be selected during a public call for competition whose applications must be submitted by February 14 at the latest. The conclusions will be presented to the Assembly of Corsica in July.
A meeting to explain the operation of this company on Tuesday brought together the three shipping companies that serve Corsica: La Méridionale, Corsica Linea and Corsica Ferries, sources close to the file have learned.
In the six-year public service delegation (DSP) that ended in 2019, Corsica Linea, a former SNCM, and La Méridionale, part of the logistics group Stef, were allied and shared the five desserts.