to the Boulogne Port Authority - this has been known for some time. The Speed Ferries version of the story is that the company had arranged a meeting with the authority for this morning, at which the company was to put forward proposals for the resolution of the problem. Speed Ferries says it had a written confirmation from the authority that no action would be taken in advance of the meeting. The arrest of the Speed Ferries vessel took place three days ago.
Speed Ferries is in dispute with the authority over several matters of which this is one. A French Ferry company is planning to start a Boulogne to Dover ferry service from the same port, and I suspect that this is not entirely unconnected with the current situation.