UK ferry operator P&O Ferries European Seaway ship has rejoined service on the English Channel ten days ahead of schedule.
The 23,000t European Seaway ship has a capacity to carry up to 120 freight vehicles and is capable of making eight sailings a day.
P&O Ferries commercial director Janette Bell said: "I am delighted to be able to inform all of our customers that the European Seaway has returned to service a full ten days ahead of its scheduled start at the beginning of August."
"This means that we now have a sixth ship in operation on the Dover to Calais route immediately and our freight capacity has increased by around 12% to 6,000 units a day.
"Demand for cross-Channel freight transport is increasing for both structural and temporary reasons and the return of the European Seaway can only help the market to function more effectively. I would urge anyone looking to transport freight to the continent to contact us to find out more about the availability of space on the European Seaway and our five other Dover to Calais ships."
With this development, P&O Ferries will now be operating a sixth ship on the route and can carry more freight customers to reduce the backlogs.
The deployment of European Seaway will supplement P&O Ferries’ existing five ship fleet on Dover-Calais which makes up to 50 sailings a day.
P&O Ferries operate its ships on nine major routes between Britain, France, Ireland, Holland and Belgium.
Annually, about 20 vessels are operated by the company which carry more than ten million passengers, 1.6 million cars and two million freight units.