On Tuesday January 24 2012, a car-passenger ferry NB 1368, the Spirit of France, was delivered by STX Finland's Rauma shipyard to P&O ferries.

Her sister ship, the Spirit of Britain was delivered from Rauma Shipyard one year ago.

The Spirit of France is 213 meters long and 31,5 meters wide and she has

3,746 lane meters (lm) for trailers, cars and other cargo. In addition to space for approximately 180 freight trucks and 195 passenger cars, the 47 600 gt vessel can accommodate 2,000 passengers. Special attention has been paid to the environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions and safety of the ship.

"The Spirit of France and her sistership the Spirit of Britain are the largest, most efficient and modern vessels on the route Dover - Calais.

We trust that these ships will be highly appreciated by the passengers and they will serve successfully P&O Ferries for a long time. I want to thank the owner and all those involved in the project for a good co-operation", states the Director of STX Rauma shipyard, Timo Suistio.