Feature, Freight News, Sea

P&O Ferries rises to the challenge

[ October 5, 2015   //   ]

P&O Ferries says it has carried record levels of freight between Dover and Calais in the third quarter of the year. It moved 367,000 units of freight across the English Channel between July and September – up 30% on the same period last year and the best single quarter since 2003. September alone was the best single month for freight since 2003, with 129,500 units transported between Britain and France. The figure surpassed the previous monthly record (123,000) set in July this year.
Chief executive, Helen Deeble described it as an unprecedented quarter. with the strike by French seamen and the temporary closure of the port of Calais bringing major logistical challenges, adding: “I am very proud that everyone at P&O Ferries has risen to that challenge and helped to keep exceptional volumes of freight moving across the Channel.
“Demand for cross-Channel transport is only going to increase, driven by a rising population and a recovering economy. We have increased the number of sailings we make between Dover and Calais to 58 a day and brought a sixth ship back into service on the route in order to make sure that we are best placed to meet that demand.”