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P&O sacks its crews
On March 17, 2022, P&O ordered all its ships back into port to sack the 800 crewmembes and replace them by cheap agency workers. At the present time the P&O fleet are located as follows, out of service. Pride of Kent / Canterbury = Dover Spirit of Britain = Dover Spirit of France = Schiedam (refit) Pride of Hull = Hull Pride of Rotterdam = Rotterdam European Highlander = Cairnryan European Causeway = Larne Norbay = Liverpool Norbank = Liverpool It is unclear at this point if Dutch vessels are affected by the crew changes. Replacement crew are on hand at Dover, Cairnryan and Larne.
Ferry reported distressed migrants
On July 12, 2020, the 'Spirit of France' observed a boat with migrants and alerted the CROSS Gris Nez which deployed the coastal surveillance vessel 'Scarpe' from the Boulogne-sur-Mer maritime gendarmerie and then launched the 'Eulimène' of the national gendarmerie in Calais in order to assist them. At 6:23 p.m., 6 migrants were recovered in state of hypothermia by the speedboat. Before, it already had rescued another six migrants from a boat NW of Cap Gris-Neuz. At 7.20 p.m., the 12 migrants were brought back to the port of Calais where they wer taken care of by the firefighters and the border police.
Ferry located distressed migrants
On May 22, 2020, at 3:52 a.m., the CROSS Gris-Nez was alerted of a distress situation by the 'Spirit of France' ferry which reported that a boat with six migrants on board was in difficulties in the port channel of Calais. The CROSS Gris-Nez immediately sent the speedboat 'Scarpe' of the maritime gendarmerie, based in Boulogne-sur-Mer, to assist them. Arriving in the area at 5:26 a.m., the 'Scarpe' took charge of the shipwrecked people and took their boat in tow. At 07:36 a.m. they were brought to the port of Calais where they were taken care of by the border police.News schreiben