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Boost for UK’s international trading as new P&O ferry join Dover-Calais route

P&O Ferries - part of DP World - has today announced the return of a fifth Ro-Ro ship on its Dover-Calais route.

The Pride of Burgundy - a 28,000 ton vessel with capacity to carry 120 lorries - will return to route in June, restoring the P&O Dover-Calais fleet to its pre-pandemic strength of five.

Sailing in freight-only mode, the returning route aims to expand options for customers looking to transport goods between Britain and the EU.

David Stretch, chief executive of P&O Ferries, commented: “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.

“Dover-Calais is a vital trade route both for the UK and EU economies as well as the thousands of businesses which rely on our services and we aim to return our market share back to where it belongs.”

“My message to our freight customers is simple: P&O will do everything it can to continue being the brand you can trust to deliver your goods from beginning to end, with the aim of solving the most complex logistical challenges using our integrated ferry and logistics assets.”

Mike Bhaskaran, DP World’s chief operating officer of logistics and technology, added: “We are the leading provider of smart logistics, enabling the flow of global trade.

“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.”

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