Of the eight P&O ferries affected by crew cuts and temporary workers being replaced, just one was cleared to sea, three weeks after the decision to lay off 800 employees
Most of P&O Ferries’ scandal-hit services remain suspended – three weeks after the mass layoff of 800 seafarers.
The company also announced that departures on its key Dover to Calais route have been canceled this weekend, threatening to impact those trying to get abroad for the Easter holiday.
Of the eight P&O ferries affected by crew cuts and temporary workers being replaced, only one was cleared to sail.
Two others have been detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with the rest awaiting inspection.
The MCA said: “At the moment there are no further inspections by P&O Ferries and we will inspect again in due course.”
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Two other ships – the Pride of Rotterdam and the Norbank ferry between Liverpool and Dublin – were unaffected.
P&O Ferries says it will issue a full refund to anyone who should be traveling on its Dover to Calais route this weekend.
On its Twitter feed, it added: “We will also refund the difference in cost between your P&O Ferries ticket and your new booking with another operator.”
A spokesman said: “From this weekend P&O Ferries is preparing to resume services on a number of key routes.
“P&O has worked closely with regulators to ensure our ships are safe to sail. “P&O looks forward to welcoming back vital services and we expect to have two of our ships ready to sail on the Dover-Calais route by next week, subject to government approval, namely both the Pride of Kent and also the Spirit of Britain between Dover-Calais.
“P&O also expects to be able to navigate both the European Causeway, which runs between Larne and Cairnryan; and the Pride of Hull, which operates services between Hull and Rotterdam.”
A criminal investigation has been launched into P&O Ferries’ firing of 800 crew members, as politicians have also called for a public inquiry into the scandal.
The bankruptcy service said last week it had “opened both formal criminal and civil investigations.”
Peter Hebblethwaite, chief executive of P&O Ferries, has already admitted the company knowingly broke the law by failing to consult unions ahead of last month’s layoffs.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/majority-po-services-still-suspended-26650173 The majority of P&O services are still suspended three weeks after the mass layoff of 800 employees