P&O Ferries is in the process of launching a new fleet of £220 million cross-Channel 'super ferries'.
P&O PIONEER is the first of two identical purpose-built “Fusion Class” sister-ships ordered for the Dover – Calais route. The second ship, P&O LIBERTÉ, is expected to join P&O PIONEER in service towards the end of 2023.
The new vessels will cut fuel use by 40 per cent. Energy will be conserved through a cutting-edge system that cuts power to parts of the ship not in use.The company says these energy savings will make it the first 'zero carbon emissions' fleet.
Passengers will be treated to panoramic sea views, as well as outside viewing platforms for the White Cliffs of Dover.
The 750ft boats also have a double-ended design featuring two bridges facing in each direction.
This will cut emissions and lower journey times because the ships won't have to turn around in port.
Engineers have also developed a new hull specially designed to increase manoeuvrability through the Channel's busy shipping lanes.
P&O PIONEER & P&O LIBERTÉ will replace PRIDE OF CANTERBURY and PRIDE OF KENT which are then expected to be disposed of alongside PRIDE OF BURGUNDY. The new ships will serve the Dover – Calais route alongside SPIRIT OF BRITAIN and SPIRIT OF FRANCE, giving P&O Ferries the newest fleet on the Dover Strait.