Is UK government creating problems for itself by detaining a P&O ferry?

Moored: P&O ferries in harbour. It seems that’s exactly where the UK government wants them to stay.

This is potentially problematic. What’s to stop P&O from complaining that the firm is being victimised by the government because of the way it sacked 800 workers – and that the Tories are trying to run it out of business as a result?

A P&O Ferries ship has been detained in Northern Ireland over safety concerns.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the European Causeway passenger boat had been held in Larne over multiple issues.

The MCA said there had been “failures on crew familiarisation, vessel documentation and crew training”.

Unions have raised concerns over a lack of experience of new crew, introduced after 800 of the firm’s staff were sacked eight days ago.

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2 thoughts on “Is UK government creating problems for itself by detaining a P&O ferry?

  1. Antony Phillip Dean

    Mike if the MCA inspects a ship and judges the crew unfit to crew it, and the ship unsafe that is nothing to do with government. The MCA impounds ships on a regular basis for those reasons.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’m sure that’s right, and the publicity attracted to P&O by the mass sacking had nothing to do with it.

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