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

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.

© Brian Fisher

MV Viking Voyager – Past and Present

MV Samothraki – ex Barlovento, Banaderos, Pride of Cherbourg II, Pride of Cherbourg, Viking Voyager – Steel triple screw motor vessel built in 1975 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark (Yard no 205) for Townsend Thoresen European Ferries as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

MV Roseanne - Past and Present

MV Roseanne – Past and Present

MV Strofades IV, ex Sea Angel, Sea Witch, Roseanne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Hijos de J, Barreras S.A. Vigo Spain, (Yard No. 1461) in 1982 for Compania Naviera Astur SA, Gijon, Spain as a passenger and roll-on roll-off cargo ship

© Carsten Dettmer

MV Calais Seaways – Past and Present

MV Calais Seaways, ex Norman Spirit, Ostend Spirit, Norman Spirit, Pride of Aquitaine, PO Aquitaine, POSL Aquitaine, Stena Royal, Prins Filip – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Boelwerf of Temse, Belgium (Yard No. 1534), for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) in 1991 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

MV Merchant Victor - Past and Present

MV Merchant Victor – Past and Present

MV Tiger A, ex Sevenhill, Moondance, Merchant Victor, Emadala – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1978 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No. 395), for Emadala Shipping Co. Hamilton, Bermuda as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

MV Clare - Past and Present

MV Clare – Past and Present

MV Clare, ex Dana Baltica, Vinzia E, Norcrest, Wesertal, Meyer Express, Wesertal – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1972 by  Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, (Yard No 367) for J.A. Reinecke & Company, Germany as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry.

MV Norman Commodore - Past and Present

MV Norman Commodore – Past and Present

MV Fjardvagen, ex Norman Commodore, Pride of Portsmouth, Mads Mols, Mads Trader, Merchant Trader, Sir Lamorak, Lakespan Ontario, Lady Catherine, Lune Bridge, Norcliff, Anu – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in  1972 by Ankerlökken Verft A/S, Florø, Norway  (Yard No. 90 ), for Alander Frachtschiff GmbH, Hamburg as a roll-on and roll-off passenger and commercial vehicle ferry.

MV Viking II - Past and Present

MV Viking II – Past and Present

MV Ocean Pearl, ex Earl William, Viking II – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted A/S. Tonsberg, Norway, (Yard No 160) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry

MV Pride of Bilbao - Past and Present

MV Pride of Bilbao – Past and Present

MV SPL Princess Anastasia, ex Bilbao, Pride of Bilbao, Olympia – Steel motor vessel, built in 1986 by Oy Wärtsilä Ab Åbo Finland (Yard No. 1290) for Rederi Ab Slite, Sweden, as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry.