P&O Ferries have announced their intention to re-register all of their Dover to Calais fleet in Cyprus before the UK leaves the EU. A spokesperson has cited “operational and accounting reasons”.
Two ships were already ‘re-flagged’ in Cyprus, the ‘Pride of Britain’ and the ‘Pride of France’, both of which operate between Dover and Calais. Other ships, the ‘Pride of Canterbury’, ‘Pride of Kent’, ‘Pride of Burgundy’ and ‘European Seaway’ that run the route are set to be re-registered later this year.
“In advance of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019 we undertook a review of the flag status of our ships on the English Channel. For operational and accounting reasons, we have concluded that the best course of action is to re-flag all ships to be under the Cyprus flag.”
Cyprus was chosen because it is “on the ‘white list’ pf both the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding”, which means fewer inspections and delays.
The company has said that they intend to keep the rest of their fleet registered in the UK, however their state is said to be “under review”.