Cross Channel ferry operator SeaFrance failed to resume services, despite being given the go-ahead by a court in France.
Services had been suspended following court action to decide the future of the stricken carrier.
With the ferry company now under the control of administrators, passengers had hoped to see the carrier return to the seas yesterday.
The Dover-Calais operator has been given until January 28th to attract buyers, or its services will stop altogether.
Rival DFDS and LD Lines have proposed a joint offer for the firm, valued at €5 million while an employee co-operative has offered €1 for the ferry operator.
However, French court ruled both offers were too low.
The Tribunal de Commerce in Paris said SeaFrance, which was placed in administration after losing €240m last year, was worth more.
In the meantime, rival P&O Ferries has increased services in an attempt to attract SeaFrance passengers.