PORT workers for a struggling ferry company are set to lose their jobs when a historic Denmark crossing is scrapped later this year.

DFDS Seaways, which sails from Harwich to Esbjerg, has been struggling with high costs, loss of passengers and freight being switched to road transport.

From January next year ferry operators will be required to use low-sulphur oil as part of a new EU directive making the cost of running the route too high.

While the 110 employees that work on board the ship will be offered jobs elsewhere in the company eight Harwich-based staff and six in Copenhagen face redundancy.