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PONL Legacy

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which is generally referred to simply as P&O, was a British shipping and logistics company that goes way back to the early 19th century and stayed mainly a shipping company for the initial 140 years of its continuation. Some time in the 1970s, it started to diversify to [...]

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PONL Heritage Group

PONL Heritage Group
One of the The PONL Heritage Group’s goals is to present a foundation for previous P&O Nedlloyd personnel / members to keep in touch with each other. Two apparatus have been employed to enable people to contact each other, share updates, and so on: LinkedIn (Online Networking) and MSN Message Board. Moreover, the [...]

The P&O Nedlloyd – Maersk Merger

On May 2005, Maersk have stated its plans to buy P&O Nedlloyd for 2.3 billion euros. As P&O Nedlloyd was merging its accomplishments in industry-leading process excellence and top international system execution, which was seen in a share increase from 9 euro to 57 euro in only 2 years, the shareholders were concerned at the [...]

P&O Nedlloyd and eCommerce Innovations

In the year 2004, P&O Nedlloyd developed eCommerce Innovation into Asia with Red Square. Youship trans-Tasman test market achievements have resulted in developments in Asia. Red Square, a top Australian full-service Internet agency, have stated that the world’s first online booking and transaction solution for the shipping industry, designed and created for P&O Nedlloyd, would [...]

P&O: Ports, Ferries, Logistics and Reorganization

Mergers carried on in the early 1990s. In 1991 P&O bought a half-share in Laing Properties, another top property concern. During that time, P&O bought the bulk of the Ellerman cargo shipping business from Cunard, providing it with over a quarter of the British share of container trades between Europe and Australasia, 100 percent of [...]

P&O and the Rise of Air Travel

Rivalry from air travel resulted in the withdrawal of steady liner passenger services, with the concluding, scheduled journey to the Far East occurring in 1969. Passenger business now comprised of the cruises and ferry service. In 1974, P&O purchased Princess Cruises which then established the keystone of P&O’s wide-ranging business, enhanced by the 1988 acquisition [...]

P&O Restructuring And Expanding

In 1971 Ford Geddes succeeded as P&O chairman and managed a group comprising of 127 companies. Geddes actively organized a systematic overhaul of P&O’s constitution. The company was split into 5 divisions, which included passenger, bulk cargo, general cargo, a general holding company and European and air transport.
The outcome of the rationalization was gradual, and [...]

Post-War P&O: Cargo and Containerization

A considerable increase in shipbuilding costs and heightened overseas competition highlighted the postwar period. Also during this time was the end of the British Empire-India recovered its independence in 1947, instigating a sudden fall in the number of regular passengers including civil servants, soldiers and their families. P&O dealt with the new circumstance by redirecting [...]

P&O During the World Wars

At the occurrence of war, the tonnage of the P&O fleet was beyond 1.1 million grt. Over 500,000 grt were lost during aggressions, but by the conclusion of the war the P&O fleet endured at over 1.5 million grt. This expansion was accomplished by a highly insistent scheme of acquisition to ready P&O for the [...]

The Growth Of PONL: Extending Ties Through Acquisition

By 1910 P&O purchased the Blue Anchor Line, a company that focused on the transportation of general cargo and emigrants from the UK to Australia and of the Australian wool on the return trip. Until this time, P&O had focused on first class passenger trade. This acquisition provided P&O with an interest in every class [...]

Leisure Cruises and the Crimean War

In 1844 Anderson initiated the new idea of leisure cruising to Victorian Britain. In the beginning, the cruises operated in the Mediterranean Sea and included shore trips to Malta, Constantinople, Smyrna, Egypt and Jaffa. The Crimean War of the mid 1850s prevented cruising activities until the 1880s, when other companies acquired it. P&O only rejoined [...]

P&O During the Indian Monopoly

Stopped by the East India monopoly from running activities out of Bombay, the most suitable port of call, P&O carried out to planning a service between Suez, Aden, Point de Galle, and Calcutta to associate with its service between England and Egypt. Prior to the inauguration of the Suez Canal, passengers to India had to [...]

A Gateway to the East: How P&O Made It Possible

In 1840 P&O was granted a contract to carry the mails to Alexandria, the major staging post in the transportation of mails to India. This contract was a precursor to the beginning of fast company growth, starting with the buying of 2 large ships, the Oriental and the Great Liverpool.
In December of 1840, the company [...]

PONL and the Early Development of Mail Services

P&O was established through the awarding of the contract by the Admiralty for the carriage of the mail between England and the Iberian Peninsula in August of 1837. In 1815 Brodie McGhie Willcox launched a shipping agency and broker’s office in Lim Street, London, and hired Arthur Anderson as clerk. Anderson was positioned as a [...]

P & O in Review

The establishment of P&O traditionally occurred in August of 1837, and derived from the awarding of the contract by the Admiralty for the carriage of the mail between the Iberian Peninsula and England. By 1840, the company transported mail from Falmouth and passengers from London to the Peninsular ports as distant as Gibraltar. Owned by [...]