The P&O ferry has been arrested in Larne, Northern Ireland, according to the Coast Guard (MCA).
The agency reported that the ship, the European Causeway, was stopped “due to the failure of the crew to get acquainted with the ship’s documents and crew training.”
The announcement says: “The ship will remain in custody until all these issues are resolved by P&O Ferries.
“Only then will it be checked.”
The announcement says: “The detention of the ships is based on security concerns, preventing them from entering the sea.”
MCA said there were no passengers on board when it was detained.
Shaps says P&O will not be able to rush through inexperienced staff training
Transport Secretary Grant Schapps wrote in tweets: “Following my instruction to inspect all P&O vessels before entering service, the Coast Guard detained me for being unfit to navigate the vessel.
“I will not endanger the safety of these ships, & P & O will not be able to rush through the training of inexperienced personnel.”
When was the European Road put into operation?
The European Causeway was built in 1999 and commissioned in 2000, replacing Rathlin’s pride in transporting passengers from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
It was specially commissioned from Kairnryan, a village in Dumfries-Galloway, about 81 miles south-west of Glasgow, on the route to Larn.
The ship has not been operated elsewhere; it is decommissioned only when repairs are required.
It can carry more than 400 passengers with 53 crew members.
Its gross tonnage (total capacity) is 20,800.
The European Causeway was transformed in 2013 as part of a 20 20 million investment in P&O Irish Sea vessels.
Mr Shaps had previously contacted Peter Habletwaite, CEO of P&O Ferries resigned due to dismissal of almost 800 employees without warning.
The RMT said it welcomed the arrest of the European Causeway and demanded that the government “seize the entire fleet of P&O vessels”.
Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “Tonight’s capture of the European Trail by MCA shows that the gangster capitalist P&O is not fit to run a safe service after the job cuts.
“This crowd must be stopped, their ships must be detained, and the dismissed crew must be reinstated so that these potential ferry routes can operate safely.”
Last week, the company replaced its staff with cheaper agency staff.
The head of the executive admitted that new staff are paid below the UK minimum wage – except for domestic routes.
Mr Habletwait said the average hourly wage for new staff was just 50 5.50. The minimum wage for people over 23 in the UK is 91 8.91 an hour.
On Thursday he admitted that the company had violated labor law Do not consult with trade union staff while presenting evidence to a parliamentary elected committee.
However, he refused to violate criminal law in a letter to the rest of the P&O staff on Friday, telling them not to fear the same fate as their former counterparts.
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