P&O Ferries has warned customers on its busiest route, from Dover to Calais, that services will still be subject to disruption, after one of its ships that ply this route – the Pride of Kent – failed its inspection by the MCA for the third time. The MCA issued a detention order for the ship on March 28th. At P&O Ferry’s request the MCA conducted a second inspection on April 13th, but deficiencies were again reported. P&O Ferries requested a third inspection, but the vessel failed this on May 3rd.
P&O Ferries has for the first-time in nearly two months resumed some kind of service on all its routes between the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and France, but calls for a boycott are continuing.
P&O Ferries said on its web site that it was “still experiencing some disruptions,” to services.
Starting from May 3rd P&O began accepting passengers again on the Dover/Calais route, a week after ferry Spirit of Britain cleared an 11-day detention by the MCA.
P&O Ferries said that it would be operating a single vessel for the next week on the crossing of the English Channel to France, compared with its normal service of four vessels.
RMT union general secretary Mick Lynch said that “for the third time in a month P&O’s Cypriot flagged Pride of Kent has failed a full safety inspection by the MCA. Passengers and haulers need to know that P&O’s fleet is operated by overworked and under-skilled agency crews, some expected to work for up to 17 weeks on the intensive Dover-Calais route.”
P&O Ferries has yet to request inspections from the MCA for its ferries the Pride of Canterbury, which is in Dover, and the Spirit of France, which is currently in Rotterdam.