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

© Jim McFaul

MV Bardic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Nasim II, ex Bardic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1957 at Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton, Scotland (Yard No  1489) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for the Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd

© Trevor Kidd

MV Norcape – Past and Present

MV Norcape, ex Tipperary, Puma – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Tamano, Japan. (Yard No 1164) as a RoRo cargo ship

© Aubrey Dale

MV Bison – Past and Present

MV Ant I, ex Stena Pioneer, European Pioneer, Bison – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 755) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

Courtesy of PWR

MV Merchant Venture – Past and Present

MV Basem I, ex Shahpaa I, Sunlight Bey, Warsun, Merchant Venture, Merchant Isle, Argenta, Med Adriatico, Farman – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Est. Nav.De Viana do Castelo S.A., Portugal (Yard No 103) as a RoRo Cargo ship

© Robbie Cox

MV Ibex – Past and Present

MV Envoy I, ex Reyes B, Envoy I, Envoy, European Envoy, Ibex, Norsky, Norsea, Ibex – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Tamano, Japan (Yard No 1163) as a RoRo Cargo/Passenger vessel for P&O Ferries Ltd (Pandoro)

© Brian Fisher

MV Viking Trader (1976) – Past and Present

MV Black Horses, ex Black Iris, European Navigator, Leopard, Viking Trader, Oyster Bay, Manuare VII, Caribbean Sky, Federal Nova, Goya, Stena Tender – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Linz-Korneuburg (Yard No 709) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Stena Line AB

© Aubrey Dale

MV Puma – Past and Present

MV Ant 2, ex Stena Seafarer, European Seafarer, Puma, Union Trader, Union Melbourne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 577) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

© Cees De Bijl

MV Nordborg – Past and Present

MV Indus Ex Strada Corsara, Tor Hafnia, Dana Hafnia, Kettegat Syd, Dana Hafnia, Nordborg, Belinda, Linné, Linnea. Nordborg, (Outbound, The Thames) © […]

© Fotoflite

MV Stena Traveller (1992) – Past and Present

MV Patria Seaways, ex Lisco Patria, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller – Steel motor vessel, built by Bruces Verkstad AB, Landskrona , Sweden (Yard No. 21) and fitted out by Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 51) in 1992 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry, for Stena Rederi AB, Goteborg.

© Patrick Hill

MV Leopard – Past and Present

MV Talya I, ex Countess M, Leopard – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1968 by Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes (Yard No. 16/109), fitted out at Dubigeon-Normandie S.A., Nantes as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

© Brian Fisher

MV Dragon – Past and Present

MV Millennium Express II, ex Ionic Ferry, Dragon – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1967 by Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes (Yard No. 16/108), fitted out at Dubigeon-Normandie S.A., Nantes (Yard No 824) as a passenger and vehicle ferry