British shipping firm P&O Ferries has decided to register its entire English Channel operating fleet in Cyprus due to Brexit.
The decision follows the initial re-flagging of two of its ships that operate between Dover and Calais, the Pride of Britainand the Pride of France.
The other ships on the English Channel are Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Kent, Pride of Burgundyand European Seaway.
“In advance of Britain leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, we undertook a review of the flag status of our ships on the English Channel,” a P&O spokesman explained.
“For operational and accounting reasons, we have concluded that the best course of action is to re-flag all ships to be under the Cyprus flag.
“We have chosen the Cyprus flag because it is on the `white list` of both the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding, resulting in fewer inspections and delays, and will result in significantly more favourable tonnage tax arrangements as the ships will be flagged in an EU member state.
“We have no plans to make any other changes – including the terms and conditions of any of our seafarers – as a result of the new arrangements.”