Launched in 2001, Transmanche Ferries are now the only operator running on the popular Dieppe to Newhaven cross channel route. Transmanche was established by the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de l'Activité Transmanche to ensure trade and tourist links from the Seine Maritime and Somme districts would not be ruined by the loss of this ferry service. In 2007 Louis Dreyfus Armateurs took over the running of the company, and it now operates alongside LD Lines, giving greater choice and flexibility for travellers across the Western Channel.
Transmanche unveiled two purpose-built ferries in 2006, the Seven Sisters and the Côte d'Albâtre. The Seven Sisters works on the Dieppe to Newhaven service. These fabulous car-ferries are 142 metres long, can carry 600 passengers, and cross the Channel in 3 ½ hours - a saving of around an hour on previous sailing times. They have the most modern of stabilisers, and excellent leisure facilities to relax in for a few hours, including a self-service restaurant with a variety of dishes, a panoramic lounge, bar, film screenings, and a very well-equipped boutique.