Spirit of France

P&O Ferries charts course for growth and new ship orders

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph (29 May 2016) Helen Deeble, Chief Executive of Dover-based P&O Ferries, said the company was in growth mode and bringing forward plans to order two new ships for its premier Dover-Calais service.

“We were previously thinking about new-build orders coming on stream in 2020-21,” Deeble told the Telegraph.  “Now what we’re going to do is see if we can bring them forward by a year or two, which means we have got to start really at the end of this year with a new build project.”

P&O Ferries enjoyed a record performance in 2015 with a 22% increase in freight carryings at 1.34 million.  Turnover reached £960m with net profits of £32m. 

P&O operates a fleet of six ships from Dover to Calais, including its two Spirit class vessels, the largest ferries on the short sea crossing.  The Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France were introduced in 2011 and 2012 at a cost of €150m each.

Posted on 31/05/2016