Largest Channel Ferry Sets Sail
The Spirit of Britain, P&O Ferries' latest and largest addition sets sail on her maiden cross channel crossing.
P&O Ferries has launched the Spirit of Britain on her maiden voyage today (21st January 2011). The ship will be the largest ferry that operates on the English Channel. She is the first of two giant new ships coming into service for P&O Ferries on the Dover – Calais route this year, with sister ship Spirit of France due for delivery in September. The combined cost of €360 million for the two ships represents the largest investment ever made by P&O Ferries.
Helen Deeble, chief executive of P&O Ferries, said: “We are delighted to welcome this fantastic new ship to Dover ready to start service later this month. She offers a leap forward in terms of her size and the quality of the build and I’m confident that she’ll provide a fantastic experience for all of the customers who will travel on her in the years to come.”
Basic facts about the new ship:
Speed: 22 knots
Tonnage: 49,000 grt
Passenger Capacity: 1,750
For more information visit P&O Ferries website.