UK detains second P&O ferry after safety inspection

A second ship operated by P&O Ferries has been detained by UK authorities as part of a growing campaign to pressure the company to reverse the sudden layoff of 800 workers.

he Pride of Kent, which carries cars and lorries between Dover, England and Calais, France, was held by the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, UK. This was announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Twitter late Monday.

The enforcement action follows the arrest of the European Causeway, another P&O vessel, over the weekend in Larne, Northern Ireland, over errors related to crew training and documentation.

“Security will not be compromised and further checks will continue,” Shapps said in the tweet.

The actions with P&O vessels put into question when the company can resume services on key routes.

The company said on Twitter that both Dover to Calais and Scotland to Larne services “remain cancelled”.

While vehicles can use DFDS A/S ferries at Dover, P&O said it was no longer possible to arrange travel via an alternative operator on the Northern Ireland route.

Services between Liverpool and Dublin are expected to depart on time, it said.

Shapps is leading the Government’s push to pressure P&O to reinstate workers and promises to wipe out the savings with a new law that will force ferry operators to pay Britain’s minimum wage.

He also called on CEO Peter Hebblethwaite to resign after the P&O boss admitted he had deliberately flouted UK laws requiring a period of consultation with unions before redundancies. UK detains second P&O ferry after safety inspection

Fry Electronics Team

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