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P&O Ferries confirms 800 overstaff, Transport minister ‘closely monitors’ situation in Ireland

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The Department for Transport said it was “closely monitoring” the situation in Ireland for Irish employees after P&O Ferries made 800 workers redundant.

Independent Irish Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Foreign Minister Hildegarde Naughton, as well as Department officials, were “aware of” today’s discontinuation of P&O Ferry services and the subsequent announcement regarding 800 jobless people.

A ministry spokesman said: “We understand from the company’s public statement that its 800 seafaring staff will be cut effective immediately.

“The Department has contacted P&O but has not received any details on the situation. Until those details are released, it is not possible to comment on the likely impact of those decisions. this for P&O’s operations in Ireland or its employees in Ireland or Irish seafarers.

“The shipping industry in the past, especially through COVID and Brexit, has demonstrated the ability to be flexible and responsive in any situation that may arise.

“It is expected that if services on the Dublin/Liverpool service are affected, the shipping industry will respond quickly and comprehensively to changes in demand from the market.

“The department is closely monitoring the situation and assessing any potential impact.”

The ministry added that P&O, owned by Saudi-based DP World, currently operates the Dublin-Liverpool route, primarily transporting unaccompanied goods.

The company has yet to confirm how many Irish employees or Irish offices have been affected.

A spokesperson for P&O Ferries said: “P&O Ferries plays a vital role in keeping commerce running, moving supply chains and connecting families and friends across the Northern Seas and Ireland. and the English Channel. We have been at the heart of this service for many years and we are committed to serving these important routes.

“However, in its current state, P&O Ferries is not a viable business. We are losing £100m a year, this is covered by our mother DP World. This is not sustainable. Our very existence depends on making rapid and significant changes now. Without these changes, there is no future for P&O Ferry.

“These situations have led to a very difficult but necessary decision, made only after seriously considering all available options. As part of the process we are initiating today, we will provide 800 seafarers with immediate notice of termination and will compensate them for this lack of advance notice with enhanced compensation packages. high.

“In making this difficult decision, we are ensuring the future viability of our business employing an additional 2,200 people and supporting billions of dollars of trade in and out of the UK. And we’re making sure we can continue to serve our customers the way they’ve asked of us for years. ”

Earlier today, Irish passengers boarding P&O Ferries faced disruption after the company canceled all cross-services ahead of the big announcement.

UK-registered P&O Ferries, which runs on major routes including between Ireland, Britain and France, said it was suspending services ahead of the announcement. The company denied it would go live.

A spokesperson for P&O Ferries said in a statement: “P&O Ferries will not be liquidated.

“We have asked all ships to come along in preparation for a company announcement. Until then, services from P&O will not be available and we are advising travelers of alternatives. position.”

Dubai port company DP World acquired the company in 2019. P&O has a fleet of more than 20 ships that sail through the Irish Sea, the English Channel and the North Sea, the company’s website says.

It has nearly 4,000 members and employees and operates more than 30,000 sailings a year.

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