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MCA inspecting sidelined ferry
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) began assessing the 'European Highlander' in Larne on April 21. She normally operates between Larne and Cairnryan. The surveyors were carrying out a full inspection of the P&O ferry, before it returns to service to make sure it complies with international regulations on manning and safe operation, in particular emergency procedures such as firefighting and evacuating the ship.
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.
Smoke development in engine room
The 'European Highlander', en route from Larne to Cairnryan, suffered smoke and steam development in the engine room and a loss of power in both engines in position 54 52 36N, 005 42 04W, off Larne on Sep 20, 2021, at 11.30 p.m. The power could be restored in both engines, and the vessel was able to return to a berth in Larne port. The Captain suggested that the issue was caused by either spilt oil or dirty fuel. The vessel left Larne again on Sep 22 at 9 a.m.Upload News