Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Portsmouth, Dover and Calais
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Water Transport
50 - Water transport

1,200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 September 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The shipping giant P&O, under increasing pressure from low-cost airlines and the Channel tunnel, today revealed plans to cut additional four ferry routes and cut its workforce by 1,200.

Most of the jobs are expected to go at P&O's Portsmouth, Dover and Calais operations. The company said the overhaul - which will reduce the number of ships it operates from 31 to 23 - will save around £55 million a year. The cuts, which apply to ferry routes across the western Channel, will leave only one boat operating the route between Portsmouth and Bilbao, Spain. The number of ships on P&O's busy Dover-Calais route will be cut from seven to six. These measures are in addition to the job cuts announced in November 2003 and March 2004 which together also totalled 1,200.


  • 28 September 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), P&O, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60543, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60543.