The future of the P&O Ferries crossing between Hull and Zeebrugge was said to be in doubt. The Hull to Zeebrugge crossing had been a difficult route financially for several years, although it remained profitable. Covid-19 made the route more difficult.
Before the global pandemic, the Hull-Zeebrugge route used to be profitable for P&O Ferries, but leaked documents indicated that the route would be discontinued by the spring of 2021.
P & O Ferries, despite sharing a brand name with the cruise operation, is owned by a different company from P&O Cruises UK. The ferry brand is now part of the Dubai-based DP World.
It was understood that the P&O Ferries Rotterdam-Hull route would be continued.
Pride Of York and the Pride Of Bruges would be removed from service if the route were cancelled permanently. The ships had been provisionally decommissioned. Pride Of Bruges has been operating again since August, but Pride Of York remained moored in Hull.
It was understood that P&O Ferries’ Dover-to-Calais crossing would also continue to operate, but would be reduced from six ferries to four, with freight ferry European Seaway and Pride of Burgundy being stopped.
For Zeebrugge the UK is by far the most important source and destination transport market, accounting for approaching 40% of the total throughput via Zeebrugge.