P&O to launch new cross-Channel freight service

Tilbury, Essex, UK: P&O Ferries is launching a new daily ferry service, linking Calais with the Port of Tilbury, for time-sensitive goods.

The new eight-hour route, which launches this month, is designed to give unaccompanied freight a direct route to a port located just 25 miles from central London.

It is expected that time-sensitive supermarket goods, including fresh fruit and vegetable, will be transported on the route.Janette Bell, chief executive of P&O Ferries, said: “The route saves up to 75 road miles each day compared with the traditional Calais-Dover crossing, meaning that our customers save on fuel and land on the doorstep of London. By prioritizing the fast discharge of the ship, the freight can be on the M25 from 5.30am, thereby enabling time-sensitive loads to continue their journey before the rush hour starts.”

Xavier Bertrand, Président du Conseil Régional des Hauts-de-France, said: “The opening of a regular shipping line between Tilbury and Calais is an event to celebrate for many reasons. On the one hand, it meets the expectations of the European market and will help developing trade with Greater London, the Midlands and Greater Manchester. On the other hand, it will improve the fluidity on the Channel, especially in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”

P&O Ferries has chartered the Caroline Russ to service the new route, with two sailings every weekday and one each on Saturday and Sunday.

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