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

© Simonwp

MV Doric Ferry – Past and Present

MV Transfer, ex Stena Transfer, Ideway, European Tideway, Doric Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 643) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ship

© Robert J Smith

MV Cerdic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Sea Partner, ex Stena Partner, European Freeway, Cerdic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 649) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ship

© Brian Fisher

MV Baltic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Pavilion, ex Pride of Suffolk, Baltic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 652) as a Passenger RoRo Cargo vessel

© Simonwp

MV Nordic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Med Star, ex Pride of Flanders, Nordic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 651) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo vessel

Courtesy of John Hendy

MV Olau Hollandia (II) – Past and Present

MV GNV Cristal, ex SNAV Sardegna, Pride of Le Havre, Olau Hollandia (II) – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1989 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1067) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

© Ken Larwood

MV Olau Britannia (II) – Past and Present

MV GNV Atlas, ex SNAV Lazio, Pride of Portsmouth, Olau Britannia (2) – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1068) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

MV Stena Nordica - Past and Present

MV Stena Nordica – Past and Present

MV Stena Nordica, ex Malo Seaways, Stena Nordica, European Ambassador – Twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan (Yard No. 1068) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry.