P&O Ferry

New cross-Channel ferries on the horizon for P&O

P&O Ferries has drawn up blueprints for two new cross-Channel ferries for entry into service in 2021, chief executive, Janette Bell, said in an interview with the Financial Mail on Sunday (10 June 2018).  The ships will cost at least 150 million euros each.

“The ships will last for 30 years so their design has to look to the future,” Janette Bell said.  Changes in technology will change the mix of goods that P&O transports and the way it transports them.  “There is a whole melting pot of trends coming together.  We are considering driverless lorries manoeuvring on and off our ships,” she said.

P&O Ferries is privately owned by Dubai Ports World and has its headquarters in Dover.  The company has a turnover of £974 million.  It operates a fleet of six ships on the key cross-Channel service from Dover to Calais with up to 23 sailings a day.   

Posted on 11/06/2018