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Top shipping award for Spirit of Britain

P&O Ferries has been presented with one of the most prestigious awards in the international ferry and cruise industry for its new ship Spirit of Britain.

The ShipPax Award for Innovation recognises a range of design features that make Spirit of Britain special.

The ship represents an entirely new class of ferry, being the first in the world designed to the new Safe Return to Port standards of the  International Maritime Organisation. 

Spirit of Britain cost £150 million and was custom built for the intensive Dover – Calais service, with a highly efficient hull design to reduce fuel consumption.  At 47,952 gross registered tonnes the ship is the largest ferry, by far, ever built for the Dover Strait with vehicle decks capable of carrying a line of traffic almost four kilometers long and space for up to 2,000 passengers.

The ferry has just completed its first year in service and has recently been joined by its sister ship Spirit of France. The combined cost of £300 million for the two new ships is the largest investment P&O Ferries has ever made.

John Garner, fleet director of P&O Ferries, said: “We set out to create the highest levels of safety in this ship, the pioneer of an entirely new generation of ferry.  There were easier options and there were cheaper options but we set our standards high, to be the first to build a new class of ship.  The recognition of a ShipPax award is hugely satisfying for all who played a part in creating Spirit of Britain.”


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

16 May 2012