Dubai, UAE, London, UK, 23 April 2012:- Marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of British maritime group P&O, DP World has just unveiled a prestigious and fascinating book telling the P&O story through the eyes of those who travelled with, worked for and managed the company over the years, richly illuminated by works from the official P&O Heritage collection.
DP World is the proud preserver of the P&O Heritage collection, having acquired the P&O Group in 2006, including the collection of more than 25,000 documents, paintings, photographs and memorabilia dating back to the formation of P&O in 1837.
Those attending the celebration and pre-publication launch of the book, which will be publicly available in June, included two former Chairmen of P&O, Lord Sterling of Plaistow and Sir John Parker, former Managing Director, Sir Bruce MacPhail and former CEO Robert Woods, who is today Chairman of P&O Ferries. Philip Rutnam, the UK’s Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport also attended, together with other senior UK officials.
DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem welcomed them to the launch saying:
“When we look back 175 years, it is clear that from the very beginning P&O was a company that stood apart from the rest for its service excellence, its entrepreneurship and its innovative business ideas that built bridges of trust with its customers. Those fundamental principles continue to be part of DP World today and are what continue to distinguish the “children” of the original P&O – amongst them P&O Ferries, P&O Cruises, P&O Maritime, and P&O Estates.”
“P&O played a critical role in the rise of Britain on the international stage and contributed to building a strong nation. DP World continues that tradition of actively contributing to nation building in the communities in which it operates.”
Mr Bin Sulayem added:
“The strong link between the UK and the UAE that dates back decades was anchored throughout the mid-20th century by regular calls by P&O vessels. Those ships were a strong contributor to the growth of trade between Dubai and the wider region. With P&O Ferries, P&O Maritime and P&O Estates all now coming under the umbrella of Dubai companies, we continue to be reminded of the vision and reach of the one of the world’s most respected companies.”
P&O Heritage curator and co-author of the book, Susie Cox, said:
“It is very appropriate that the 175th anniversary of the founding of P&O is marked by the publication of a book that tells the stories of those whose lives were directly impacted by P&O, be they traveller, immigrant, crew, agent or manager. We hope the book gives readers a feel for a period when travelling took weeks not hours and P&O was forging the links of the global supply chain we know and rely upon today.”
The book is published by Antique Collectors’ Club, designed by Webb & Webb and printed in Great Britain. “P&O: Across the Oceans, Across the Years” will be available in bookstores from June and also through www.antiquecollectorsclub.com and www.poheritage.com