Extra ferry for Dover-Calais route

UK-based ferry operator P&O Ferries has brought a sixth ship back into service on its Dover-Calais route to meet the increased demand during the peak summer season.

The European Seaway — a 23,000 tonne ship with the capacity to carry up to 120 freight vehicles — will return to the route from the beginning of August, and is expected to make eight sailings a day.

The European Seaway will supplement P&O Ferries’ existing five-ship fleet on Dover-Calais which makes up to 50 sailings a day.

Janette Bell, commercial director at P&O Ferries, said: “The European Seaway will give us more capacity, and better equip us to support our freight customers, at a time when cross-channel traffic is increasing in volume. By freeing up freight space on our five other Dover-Calais ships, it will also enable us more effectively to carry tourists between Britain and France during the peak summer season.”

P&O Ferries sails nine routes between Britain, France, Ireland, Holland and Belgium.