The ships in question are the Rodin, Berlioz and freighter Nord Pas de Calais, which have an estimated combined value of up to €150 million.
A source close to the sale process told IFW a bankruptcy judge is scheduled to deliver his verdict by the middle of next month.
In the event of a bid being accepted, the transfer of vessels to the new owner would very likely be completed by the beginning of June, the source added.
Late last month, he revealed that Eurotunnel, P&O and DFDS were due to make further inspections of the vessels.
“We are as determined as ever to submit an offer, and plan to do so in the second half of April,” a Eurotunnel spokesperson told IFW yesterday.
DFDS has yet to decide whether to submit a bid. “There are not too many vessels specifically adapted to the Dover-Calais crossing on the market and we are keeping our options open for ther moment,” a spokesman said.
DFDS and French partner LD Lines will deploy a second vessel on their Dover-Calais route later this month.
P&O Ferries, however, will not be pursuing its interest, a spokesman confirmed.