Last reviewed 6 May 2021

The P&O Dover-Calais fleet will be returned to its pre-pandemic strength of five vessels when Pride of Burgundy — a 28,000 ton vessel with capacity to carry 120 lorries — returns to the vital route in June.

The ship will sail in freight-only mode and will, P&O Chief Executive David Stretch said, expand the options available to customers looking to transport goods between Britain and the EU.

“I am delighted to welcome a fifth ship back to our Dover-Calais fleet which will increase flexibility for customers and enable us to deliver a cost effective freight service on the English Channel as the economy returns to normal,” he said.

Part of DP World, P&O Ferries is a major provider of freight transport and passenger travel services, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.

Its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Europe from Asian countries via the Silk Road.

Mike Bhaskaran, DP World’s Chief Operating Officer — Logistics and Technology, said: “I would like to thank everyone at P&O Ferries who has worked hard to keep trade flowing during the last 12 months and am excited by the opportunities which the arrival of a fifth ship on Dover-Calais brings, both in terms of our offer to customers and also returning P&O to growth.”