‘Pride of Burgundy’ – P&O Ferries fifth ship on the Dover/Calais route – has arrived at the Port of Dover, returning to service with her first sailing in over a year.
With capacity to carry 120 lorries, the 28,000 gt ’Pride of Burgundy’ returns in freight-only mode, making two return trips per day.
The addition of a fifth ship comes in response to growing demand from British and European customers, P&O claimed.
Peter Hebblethwaite, P&O Ferries Managing Director, said: “I am delighted to see the restoration of our Dover/Calais fleet to its pre-pandemic strength of five, with the resulting increase in departures and frequency enabling us to take back market leadership on the English Channel and further improve our customer service.
‘Pride of Burgundy’ will reinforce our cost-effective freight service by increasing capacity and flexibility on the route – a vital artery of trade upon which thousands of businesses and consumers rely.
“With the support of our parent company, DP World, the world’s leading provider of smart logistics solutions, we are committed to bolstering our offering to customers and ensuring optimal efficiency in the flow of goods between the UK and Europe. With international trade at the heart of economic recovery, continual investment in our Dover/Calais route will encourage supply chain resilience by connecting people, businesses and nations,” he said.
First announced in April, the ’Pride of Burgundy’s’ return follows P&O Ferries’ space sharing agreement on the Dover/Calais route, and the introduction of a second lift-on lift-off ship to double capacity between Zeebrugge and Hull.