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P&O Ferries to take delivery of second new ship

P&O Ferries will on Tuesday 24 January take delivery of its second new  €180 million ship, Spirit of France, during a handover ceremony at the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma, Finland.

Spirit of France will then commence its 1,400 mile voyage to Dover under the command of Captain Steve Johnson, senior master.  The ship will arrive in Dover on Saturday 28 January and  will undergo berthing trials in both Dover and Calais before entering service on the premier Channel crossing prior to mid-February.

At more than 47,000 gross tons and 213 metres in length, Spirit of France, and sister ship Spirit of Britain, which began service last year, are the largest ferries ever built for the Dover Strait.  Their combined cost of €360 million is the largest investment ever made by P&O Ferries.

P&O Ferries operates 22 ships on  routes to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and France, carrying more than nine million passengers, more than one and a half million cars and two million trucks a year. 

Spirit of France particulars:

Gross tonnage: 47,592 tons.    Length: 213m.   Beam: 31.43m.  Number of decks: 12.

Capacity: 170 x 15m lorries + 195 cars (or 1,000 cars).  2,000 passengers.


Chris Laming, Brian Rees, Natalie Hardy, Michelle Ulyatt
Tel: +44(0)1304 863833 (24 hours)

13 January 2012