The British operator has been criticized for buying hybrid ferries due to a lack of charging facilities Maritime India News

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UK operator P&O Ferries has come under criticism for buying two new hybrid-electric ro-pax vessels despite a lack of proper shore-charging infrastructure in the two ports they will mainly serve.

local newspaper The Telegraph said that shortly after their delivery later this year, the two newly built ferries will be forced to run exclusively on diesel fuel as the power grids at Dover and the French port of Calais are not yet able to supply sufficient power to charge the batteries of ships to deliver.

sources told The Telegraph about an apparent lack of communication between P&O Ferries and officials in the two ports. However, P&O Ferries denied the reports, reiterating that extensive consultations had been held with port officials about the power needs of the new ships.

The two ferries that are named P&O pioneer And P&O free, are in the final stages of construction in China. P&O Ferries reportedly invested around £260 million (US$313 million) in the ships.

Although the ferries were built to also run on batteries alone, a spokesman for P&O Ferries said the ships should never operate fully in zero-emissions mode due to existing shore power capacity limitations.

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