P&O Ferries introduces 2nd hybrid vessel on Dover-Calais route


P&O Ferries has launched P&O Liberté, the second of a brand new class of vessels on the key Dover-Calais route between the UK and France. The two vessels represent a £250M investment in UK trade and travel, and mean P&O Ferries boast the newest and most technologically advanced ferry fleet on the Channel.

P&O Liberté and her sister ship P&O Pioneer are powered by a cleaner, greener hybrid system, reducing carbon emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to older vessels. P&O Pioneer entered service on the Channel crossing in June last year as the world’s largest double-ended hybrid ferry.

P&O Ferries Chief Executive Peter Hebblethwaite said: “The arrival of our second revolutionary hybrid vessel means we can offer even more of our customers the best travel experience and facilities available on the Channel.

“In the nine months since the first of our new vessels entered service, P&O Pioneer has become a transport icon, contributing to the 135,000 tons of carbon emissions reduced from our operations in the last two years.

“Our customers – tourist and freight – have welcomed our new hybrid ship with open arms and we are excited to bring P&O Liberté into service.

“Today we are upgrading our fleet, delivering an unrivalled service to our customers and leading in the decarbonisation of ferry travel in the UK and Europe.”