The new service will complement P&O Ferries’ existing Zeebrugge to London route together with strengthening its rail-connected hub in Rotterdam.
Peter Hebblethwaite, P&O Ferries’ CEO, said: “The opening of our new route between London (Tilbury 2) and Rotterdam (Europoort) gives P&O Ferries a unique network in the North Sea. We now have five hubs: Hull, Teesport, Tilbury, Zeebrugge and Europoort, connecting the North East and South East of England with the Continent.
“We will offer our freight customers the earliest arrival on the Thames from Rotterdam, along with swift access to the M25 and terminal rail connections.
“The opening of the London - Rotterdam route will mark another significant step in our business transformation and further contribute to the end-to-end logistics service offered by our parent company, DP World.”
The route will be served by the existing P&O Ferries vessel Norbank (pictured above), which was until recently serving on the Irish Sea, with a capacity of 125 freight units. She will sail on a daily schedule with customer-focused sailing times including an early arrival in London, enabling on-time local delivery.
P&O Ferries operates services in the North Sea from three east coast UK ports – Hull, London and Teesport – and two ports in northern Europe at Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.
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