MS Pride of Calais

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Name: 1987-1999: Pride of Calais
1999-2002: P&OSL Calais
2002-2003: PO Calais
2003-present: Pride of Calais
Owner: 1987: Townsend Thoresen 1987-2006: P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd
2006-present: P&O Ferries Ltd
Operator: P&O Ferries
Port of registry: Dover,  United Kingdom
Route: Dover-Calais
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, West Germany
Yard number: 94
Launched: 11 April 1987
Completed: 27 November 1987
Maiden voyage: 4 December 1987
Identification: IMO number: 8517748
Status: in service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 26,433 tonnes
Length: 169.6 m (556.4 ft)
Beam: 28.27 m (92.7 ft)
Draft: 6.12 m (20.1 ft)
Installed power: 3 x Sulzer ZA40S Diesels
Propulsion: Triple controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 22 knots
Capacity: 2,290 passengers
650 vehicles (1,500 lanemetres)

The MS Pride of Calais is a cross-channel ferry operated by P&O Ferries.

She was built for Townsend Thoresen in 1987, and launched on the 11th of April of that same year, as the sister ship to the MS Pride of Dover[1]. She can carry 650 cars and 2290 passengers. she has always served on the Dover-Calais route, but during French labour disputes she has sailed to Zeebrugge.

Pride of Calais will leave service in 2010 - 2011 to be replaced by one of two new ferries ordered by P&O Ferries, both of which will have a bigger capacity and almost double the amount of tonnage, at 49,000 tonnes, making them the largest ferries to ever cross the channel.

She will be replaced by this ship. It is unknown whether she will be scrapped or sold to another company.

The 'Pride of Calais' is the Sister Ship of the 'Pride of Dover. Both were built for Townsend Thoresen, but the whole company was bought by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam company (P&O) in 1987, following the Herald of the Free Enterprise disaster'.

Sister ships

Currently undergoing a refit at A&P Tyne, at Hebburn, Tyneside as of Late February 2010