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P&O Ferries Update - European Endeavour Ferry Sold to Eckero Line

I wanted to write to let you know that we have agreed to sell European Endeavour to Eckero Line.The Mistral, which has been covering on Liverpool-Dublin during the re-fit season, will remain on the route so there will be no immediate change to the frequency of our sailings or the service we provide to our customers. The Mistral will also give us greater flexibility with the option to run additional sailings should customers require them.Please let me reassure you we are committed to the Liverpool – Dublin route and there are great opportunities ahead to grow our business, which is vital to the economies of Ireland, Britain and Europe.Like all modern businesses we need to ensure our services meet the changing needs of our customers, by embracing new ways of doing things, becoming more flexible and agile.On Liverpool – Dublin this means better aligning our operation to the changing freight market, and specifically the growth in unaccompanied freight, prior to the introduction of low sulphur surcharge which will take effect from 1 January 2020. This will help us to become more competitive, better able to invest and better able to grow.I am looking forward to continuing to work with you all to build on our start to 2019.

Head of Freight Sales Short Sea Routes, P&O Ferries

02 May 2019

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Interesting news. This will mean less capacity for passengers & their vehicles then since the Mistral is a pure freighter...

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On 02/05/2019 at 16:32, Ryan_H said:

Interesting news. This will mean less capacity for passengers & their vehicles then since the Mistral is a pure freighter...

P&O suspect that due to the new emissions regs from January there'll be a need for greater capacity for unaccompanied freight.

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I’d forgotten P&O even still had a European Endeavour!  This is one of the old Mearsk Dunkerque workhorses isn’t it?  Midnight Merchant or something like that?  The ship I think of as European Endeavour (ex Enterprise), later Gardenia, the last of TT’s European class freighters, was beached at Alang a couple of years ago.

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It is indeed the ex Midnight Merchant - Must be one of the few ferries that has gone to the Mediterranean and returned! (She was sold to Acciona between Norfolk Line and P&O ownership)

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