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

Schichau -Unterweser AG Bremerhaven

MV Pride of Dover – Past and Present

MV Pride – ex Pride of Dover, PO Dover, P&OSL Dover, Pride of Dover – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built Schichau -Unterweser AG, Bremen-Vegesack, Germany in 1987 (Yard No. 93) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Tony Garner

MV Travemunde – Past and Present

MV Noor, ex Barakat, St Clair, Treg, Tregastel, Njegos, Travemunde – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Schichau Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven in 1971 (Yard No 478) for Moltzau Line A/S, Gedser, Denmark, as a passenger, car and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry

Nicolas Lévy Collection

MV Buffalo – Past and Present

MV Anna Marine, ex Stena Leader, European Leader, Buffalo – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 at J J Sietas KG, Hamburg, Germany (Yard No 756) for Stena Line Gothenburg, but sold whilst on the stocks to P&O as a roll-on roll-off cargo/passenger vessel

© Ray Goodfellow

MV Pride of Calais – Past and Present

MV Ostend Spirit – ex Pride of Calais, P&OSL Calais, PO Calais, Pride of Calais – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built Schichau-Unterweser Ag, Bremen-Vegesack, Germany in 1987 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur. (Yard No. 94). Launched April 11th, 1987.

© Mike Sartin

GTS (20) Prinses Stephanie – Past and Present

GTS Seven Island Yume, ex Seajet Kristen, Adler Wizard, Prinses Stephanie – Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 20) for Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium.

© Mike Sartin

GTS (19) Princesse Clementine – Past and Present

GTS Seven Island Niji, ex Seajet Kara, Alderney Blizzard, Adler Blizzard, Princesse Clementine – Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 19) for Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium.

MV Midnight Merchant - Past and Present

MV Midnight Merchant – Past and Present

MV Finbo Cargo, ex European Endeavour, Midnight Merchant – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 290) for Cenargo (owners of Norse Merchant Ferries plc) as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry

© Fotoflite

MV European Trader – Past and Present

MV Lina, ex European Trader – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engined by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2258) in 1975 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group