The Port of Dover recognises how difficult today’s announcement by P&O Ferries must have been, but also acknowledges the magnitude of the financial challenge the company appears to have had across its multiple routes as a business. The Port will work with P&O Ferries as the operator looks to deliver a financially viable service from Dover going forward, but our thoughts are of course also with all those directly affected by today’s announcement.
Doug Bannister, CEO, Port of Dover, said: “This has clearly been a tough decision for one of our long-standing ferry operators. The continued commitment to Dover is undoubtedly welcome and reinforces the desirability of the route, but the port is a close community and so we are acutely aware of the impact this will have on those directly affected as well as those who live and work with them. They are in our thoughts at this unsettling time.”
In the meantime, the Port will be working with all of its customers and doing all it can to minimise any disruption to the local community as well as its wider operations, working with Kent partners as the transition to P&O Ferries’ new arrangements takes place.
14.30 Thursday 17th March 2022