Dockers say they won’t let the Pride of Hull go to sea

RoRo ferry Pride of Hull (IMO 9208629) remained docked in King George Dock in Hull yesterday March 21st after a weekend of demonstrations outside the P&O Ferries terminal.

The protests have come after 800 workers P&O Ferries workers were sacked without notice last Thursday, with the plan being to replace them with cheaper agency workers.

Billy Jones, branch secretary for Humber Shipping for the RMT Union, said that a mixture of paperwork and dockers’ refusal to unmoor the vessel meant that it could be stuck in the port for several days.

The replacement crew had now been cleared by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and would be allowed to sail the vessel, he said. However, he noted that “we have been advised by the dockers they are not going to touch the Pride of Hull – you need four to six men to let her go.”

P&O Ferries operates four routes: Dover to Calais, Hull to Rotterdam, Liverpool to Dublin, and Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland.

As of March 21st the Pride of Hull remained moored in the port of Kingston upon Hull.

2001-built, Bahamas-flagged, 59,925 gt Pride of Hull is owned by P&O Ferries Pride of Hull Ltd care of P&O Ferries Ltd of Dover, UK. ISM manager is P&O Ferries Holdings Ltd of Dover, UK.