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P&O Ferries signs space charter deal with Irish Ferries for Dover/Calais

[ May 15, 2024   //   ]

P&O Ferries has signed a new space charter with Irish Ferries on the Dover-Calais route.

It means that customers booked with either carrier will be offered the next available departure when they arrive at the port, by whichever company is operating it.

P&O Ferries says the partnership will ensure ferry capacity is fully utilised, easing port congestion and lowering the carbon footprint of the cross-Channel route.

P&O Ferries signed a similar space-sharing agreement with DFDS for the Dover-Calais route in May 2021.

P&O Ferries and Irish Ferries also plan to extend the space charter arrangement to passengers.

All commercial activities remain entirely under the control of either company.

P&O Ferries chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite said: “P&O Ferries is determined to give our customers the best possible service and enable them to reach their destination faster.Our Dover-Calais customer satisfaction ratings are the highest they’ve been for five years and we have seen the positive impact of steps we have already taken to make the ferry option better, faster and more flexible. Our new space charter agreement will help us continue that journey.”