Search operation for missing passenger
On Feb 11, 2018, around 5:30 p.m., the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea was alerted by the CROSS Gris Nez that a passenger of the "Spirit of Britain" was suspected missing after the arrival of the ferry in Calais Immediately, the CROSS deplyoyed a Dauphin helicopter of the Navy base in Le Touquet and the SNSM-boat of Calais. On the British side, an MCA helicopter and an RNLI boat were also engaged in the search. Around 9:30 p.m., in the absence of results, the maritime prefect decideed to stop the search operation.
Two handguns found in toilet bin
The discovery of two handguns dumped in a toilet bin of the "Spirit of Britain" sparked a police investigation on Oct 28, 2017. It was not clear how the weapons passed through security checks on the P&O ferry, which was travelling from Calais to Dover. Officers were alerted after cleaners discovered the weapons on Saturday morning, soon after the vessel arrived in UK waters. The weapons were not believed to be part of a terrorist plot. The Kent Police safely removed the guns and an investigation has been launched.
Eight crew members suspended after positiv drug tests
Eight members of the crew of the "Spirit of Britain" were tested positive for drugs including cocaine and cannabis at sea on Jan 23, 2017. The eight persons – part of the onboard services team dealing with passengers – were handed letters suspending them after the tests which were carried out over nine hours with urine samples on more than 100 staff taken during four crossings from Dover to Calais. The drugs bust comes just a month after 13 crew members failed tests on the "Pride of Canterbury". Crew caught over the drugs limit face a fine or up to two years’ jail if it is proved their professional ability was impaired.Upload News