Cookie Policy


This policy provides information about how and why we use cookies on the websites and [“Our Websites”].

About cookies

Cookies are small text files containing identifiers that are sent by web servers to web browsers and are located in browser directories. Each time a browser requests a page from the web server the identifier is sent back to the server.

Cookies are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.

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What cookies do we use?

Cookies are categorised into 4 types:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of Our Websites. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of Our Websites. Without these cookies services you have asked for cannot be provided.

  2. Performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how visitors use Our Websites, for example which web page you visit and if you get error messages from web pages. These cookies help us to improve the way Our Websites works. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Please note that third parties (including, for example, providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may have placed performance cookies on Our Websites.

  3. Functionality cookies. These cookies allow Our Websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

  4. Tracking cookies. These are cookies that collect information about your browsing habits to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. We do not use any tracking cookies on Our Websites.

These are the cookies that we use on our website:

Cookie Name Default Expiration Time Description
__utma 2 years from set/update Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmt 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.
__utmb 30 mins from set/update Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc End of browser session Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz 6 months from set/update Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv 2 years from set/update Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
porememberme   Used to store the user’s name (only) if the user selects the option to “remember me next time I log in”

Managing Cookies

You can manage your cookies through your browser. The management method varies from browser to browser and if you want to block or delete cookies you should check for information about your browser.

Our details

P&O Ferrymasters, a company registered in UK with company number. NI004115 and whose registered office is located at 2a Redlands Crescent, Port Of Larne Business Park, Redlands Crescent, Larne, BT40 1FF [the “Company” or “we” or “us”] is committed to protecting and respecting the personal data of all those whose data we handle in connection with the services we provide to our users.

Our Websites are operated under the legal jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 2018 (the "Act") and the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation [EU] 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council) (the “GDPR”), P&O Ferrymasters is the controller, and determines the purposes and means of processing of your personal data.

We have appointed a Privacy Officer who is responsible for helping us to comply with our legal obligations set out in the Act and the GDPR. The Privacy Officer monitors our data protection compliance and provides advice and guidance as to how we can improve our personal data handling practices. The contact details of our Privacy Officer are:


Consent for Cookies

By law, we are obliged to inform you about the cookies on Our Websites, explain what the cookies are doing, and obtain your consent before placing any cookie files that store information on your device with the exception of strictly necessary cookies for the provision of information society service, requested by you.

Cookies policy

We respect your privacy. If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us at: