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One of two Irish P&O vessels cleared to sea by safety inspectors after the company replaced all crew with temporary workers

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One of the two P&O Ferries vessels held for inspection has been cleared to sea as the company attempts to resume normal operations.

Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the Norbay was evacuated while the European Highlander is still under inspection.

The ships were inspected as the company tries to resume normal operations after laying off nearly 800 seafarers.

A spokesman for the MCA said a ship called the Spirit of Britain is now also undergoing a re-inspection.

They said: “Our surveyors have completed the inspection of the Norbay and she has been cleared to sail.

“The inspection of the European Highlander that started yesterday is still ongoing.

“A team of experts is now on board the Spirit of Britain and are carrying out the re-inspection at the request of P&O Ferries.

“At the moment there are no further inspections from P&O Ferries.”

European Highlander normally operates between Larne in Northern Ireland and Cairnryan in Scotland, while Norbay operates the Liverpool-Dublin route.

A total of eight P&O Ferries ships are inspected by the MCA as part of Port State Control.

Safety concerns were raised after P&O Ferries replaced nearly 800 seafarers with cheaper temporary staff on March 17.

The company suspended most of its departures but reportedly only expected the suspension to last up to 10 days.

https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/one-of-two-p-and-o-irish-ships-cleared-to-sail-by-safety-inspectors-after-firm-replaced-all-crew-with-agency-workers-41578339.html One of two Irish P&O vessels cleared to sea by safety inspectors after the company replaced all crew with temporary workers

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