P&O Ferries


P&O Ferries is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Ports World and it operates ferry services from the United Kingdom to Ireland and Continental Europe.

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) established ferry services in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s, operating in both the North Sea and the English Channel.

In the late 1970s P&O was heavily affected by a reduction in traditional shipping activities which saw the P&O Group sell a number of its businesses and assets. In 1985 the P&O Group sold its cross-channel ferry business to the European Ferries Group.

In January 1986 and with the P&O Group now being on a better financial footing the group purchased a 50.01% interest in European Financial Holdings Ltd, which held 20.8% of shares in the European Ferries Group (trading as Townsend Thoresen). In early 1987 the remaining shares of the European Ferries Group were acquired. On the 22nd October 1987, the operations of Townsend Thoresen were renamed P&O European Ferries.

P&O Ferries Archive

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MV Penda – Past and Present

MV Express Ex Caribbean Express, Peveril, nf Jaguar, Penda, ASD Meteor, Holmia Penda – © National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library […]

MV Dalriada - Past and Present

MV Dalriada – Past and Present

MV Lampung Ex Mesuji, Wolin, Sarmacja, Trailer, Trader, Stena Trader, Viking Trader, Dalriada, Stena Trailer Dalriada – Nigel Thornton Collection Steel twin […]

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MV Tidero Star – Past and Present

MV Aegean Glory Ex Tolosa, Vilja, Tidero Star, Anzere. Anzere – © Simonwp (Immingham, 07/04/1982) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in […]

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MV Belard – Past and Present

MV Hatay Ex Muirneag, Belard, Carrier II, Mercandian Carrier II, Alianza, Mercandian Carrier II Belard – © Simonwp (Troon, 01/02/1989) Steel single […]

© Aubrey Dale

MV Celtic Star – Past and Present

MV Ippotis Ex Celtic Star, Northern Star, Loon-Plage, Celtic Star, Ioalaos, Kosei Maru Northern Star – © Aubrey Dale (Larne, 11/06/2002) Steel […]

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MV Elk – Past and Present

MV Balticum Ex Tor Baltica, Elk Elk – © Simonwp (Immingham, 01/04/1989) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Hyundai […]

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MV Thomas Wehr – Past and Present

MV Lider Samsun, ex Taurine, Anglian Way, Thomas Wehr, Horn Link, Fuldatal, Santa Maria, Mana, Thomas Wehr, Dana Germania, Tor Neerlandia, Thomas Wehr, Wacro Express, Thomas Wehr – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1977 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. (Yard No. 388) as a RoRo Cargo ship

MV Isle of Innisfree (1995) - Past and Present

MV Isle of Innisfree (1995) – Past and Present

MV Kaitaki, ex Challenger, Stena Challenger, Pride of Cherbourg, Isle of Innisfree – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1995 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Holland (Yard No 963) as RoPax ferry for Irish Ferries, Dublin

MV Flanders Way - Past and Present

MV Flanders Way – Past and Present

MV Ranine, ex Flanders Way, Gabriele Wehr, Sari, Gabriele Wehr, Tor Anglia, Gabriele Wehr – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1978 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. (Yard No. 391) as a RoRo Cargo ship

MV Pointer - Past and Present

MV Pointer – Past and Present

MV Kapetan Christos, ex Alastair, Fehim Bey, Zebbug, Pointer, Preseli, Antwerpen, Isartal – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Krögerwerft G.m.b.H., Rendsburg, Germany  (Yard No 1356) as a RoRo Cargo ship

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MV European Mariner – Past and Present

MV European Mariner, ex European Highlander, Lion, Merchant Valiant, Salahala – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1978 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. (Yard No. 390) as a RoRo Cargo ship