PORTSMOUTH City Council has settled a dispute with Celtic Link Ferries over the export of animals.
Recent reports show the council settled the row out of court at a meeting with the Irish shipping company despite having previously said it was prepared to take the battle to the courtroom.
The report did not specify how much the settlement was for but did outline that it was less than £250,000.
The ferry firm originally demanded £8m – which it later dropped to £6m – compensation over a claim of loss of business, after disagreements on the transportation of live sheep from France through the city’s ferry port.
In 2009 the council sued Celtic Link over debt of charges to use the port, including berthing and service charges, then in March 2010 it seized one of its ships in Cherbourg in an attempt to recover the cost.
The shipping firm – which has since stopped using the port – did not dispute the debt for the charges themselves, but instead claims it lost more than £8m as a result of the breach of contract by Portsmouth City Council.