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Tilbury-Zeebrugge service to be upgraded

P&O Ferries is to upgrade its Tilbury – Zeebrugge freight service with the charter of the 21,020 tonne Wilhelmine from Cobelfret.

The ship has capacity for 163 units and 12 drivers and will replace the Norqueen (145 units / 12 drivers) from early January.

Wilhelmine is a new build, completed earlier this year, and its selection by P&O Ferries reflects a continuing drive to reduce fuel costs.

John Garner, fleet director, said:  “We have carried out an extensive search of vessels available in the market to find the most fuel efficient ship to meet our customers’ needs. Wilhelmine is very fuel efficient with a single main engine and single propeller arrangement, and will burn approximately 30 per cent less fuel than the ship being replaced.”

P&O Ferries has steadily increased the capacity of the ships it uses on the Tilbury – Zeebrugge crossing since commencing services on the route in 2007.   The company offers ten sailings in each direction per week.


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

31 October 2012