Pride of Burgundy sold for recycling with newbuild en route

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Brokers are reporting that P&O Ferries has sold their 1993 ro-pax PRIDE OF BURGUNDY to Turkish ship recyclers.

The former Dover – Calais ferry has been laid up at Dunkerque East since late 2021.  The vessel was “permanently withdrawn” in 2020 during the height of the Covid pandemic only to have a short-lived return to service the following year.

The ship is expected to end her life at an EU-approved recycling facility at Aliaga in the coming months.  Her sale is reported at the rate of $320 per LDT, a total price of $3.7 million based on her 28,100 GT.

The ship’s age and English Channel focussed design made a sale for further use unlikely.

It remains to be seen what fate awaits the PRIDE OF KENT and PRIDE OF CANTERBURY with the arrival of P&O PIONEER and P&O LIBERTE this year.

Meanwhile, P&O PIONEER departed China on 3 March for her delivery voyage to Europe.  A visit to Singapore waters followed on 8 March and at the time of writing was due at Colombo on 11 March.  P&O Ferries has confirmed that the ship is due to enter service on 1 May.

The Start of a Hot Summer on the Channel (but where are the passengers?)

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PRIDE OF BURGUNDY – P&O Ferries fifth ship on its Dover-Calais route – arrived on 28 June at the Port of Dover, returning to service after being laid up (and even for sale).

The P&O ship arrived the day before the start of Irish Ferries on Dover-Calais, with presently one ship: ISLE OF INISHMORE. Irish Ferries operates up to 10 sailings a day.

PRIDE OF BURGUNDY’s return follows P&O Ferries’ freight space sharing agreement with DFDS on the Dover-Calais route.

Passenger travel is still limited due to Covid-related restrictions. Belgium, France and Spain are “amber list” zones, which requires travellers to go in quarantine when arriving in the UK.

France allows vaccinated travellers from the UK, with a PCR-test.

If not vaccinated you can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel, including tests and quarantine. [France Diplomacy]

Brittany Ferries is suffering from the lack of passengers. In 2 years, the company will have transported only 25% of passengers compared to the usual traffic – and this even though passenger transport represents 80% of its activity. CEO Christophe Mathieu told politicians that “the 2021 season is going to be as catastrophic as that of 2020.” [Source France Bleu]