P&O Ferries operates a fleet of 21 roll-on/roll-off feeder-size vessels across 11 ports in the North and Irish seas.
The acquisition also includes P&O Ferrymasters, the company’s supply chain services arm.
According to DP World, P&O Ferries’ revenue after EBITDA in fiscal year 2017 was about 100 million British pounds ($131 million).
The transaction is still subject to customary regulatory approvals but is expected to close during the first half of 2019.
“We are pleased to announce the return of P&O Ferries back into the DP World family,” said DP World’s Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (pictured), in a statement. “This transaction is in line with our strategy to grow in complementary sectors, strengthen our product offering and play a wider role in the global supply chain as a trade enabler.”
DP World’s P&O Ferries acquisition is expected to not only strengthen the company’s presence in Europe’s short-sea transport sector but generate more container traffic through its London-Gateway marine terminal.
Last year, DP World acquired Denmark-based Unifeeder Group, another short-sea transportation services provider and the largest feeder vessel operator in Europe, for 660 million euros ($765.4 million). At the time of the acquisition, it was reported that Unifeeder transported about 3.2 million TEUs annually to and from European ports on its fleet of 60 short-term chartered vessels.