P&O Ferries History

With their headquarters in Channel View Road, Dover, Kent, P&O Ferries pride themselves on having the biggest UK fleet of ships. They present a wide variety of services and facilities for their customers and have the most developed route network worldwide, plus the most numerous passenger and freight services to the Continent from the UK.

The original company, The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company was established in the 1830’s. It has now grown and developed into one of the most used cruise and ferry lines in the world.

In the UK the ferry arm of the company has four routes, Dover to Calais, Hull to Rotterdam, Hull to Zeebrugge, and Portsmouth to Bilbao. The company currently operates the following ships: Pride of Dover, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Calais, Pride of Kent, European Seaway, Pride of Canterbury, and the European Endeavour.

Whilst being the leading UK ferry operator, P&O has taken a leading role in minimising the impact of its operation on the environment. Carrying more than ten million passengers a year, ranging from children on school trips, families going on holiday to business travellers and freight drivers, it cannot afford to ignore environmental issues. The company fully supports all legislation to protect the environment. However, it does not limit itself to the letter of the law, but is always taking extra initiatives and approaches, such as the convention for prevention of pollution from ships, CO2 emissions, and sulphur scrubbing, amongst other measures.

With a workforce of almost 4,000 people employed in a varying range of jobs, both ashore and at sea, P&O believes that one thing that we all have in common is the environment that we share, and that we must all have a responsible attitude and the common goal of preserving it.

In the future, the company is planning to commission two new ships, the Pride of Rixensart and the Pride of Birstall, which will be added to this exceptional fleet. You can travel with confidence if you travel with P&O Ferries.