P & O Ferry ships Kent’s pride on the 4th inspection after 3 failures

P & O Ferries vessels undergo a fourth port state control (PSC) inspection on Monday after failing the previous three inspections.

The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a team of surveyors “re-examined Kent’s pride at the request of the P & O ferry.”

The vessel has been in Kent’s Dover port since P & O Ferries fired 786 UK-based crew members on March 17, replacing them with cheaper agency workers and shutting down most operations. It is moored.

Five of the eight vessels tested were allowed to depart after British Transport Minister Grant Shapps ordered a detailed PSC inspection of all P & O vessels before resuming voyages. ..

Kent’s pride, which normally provides services between Dover and the port of Calais in France, was detained on March 28 after being first inspected.

A second inspection on April 14th found an “additional defect” on the vessel. It remained in custody after the failure of the third inspection on May 3.

The failure of the Pride of Kent to pass safety inspections contributes to the lack of capacity between Dover and Curry.

P & O Ferries finally resumed sightseeing voyages on major routes last week, but only one of its vessels, the Spirit of Britain, was available. Lifesaving equipment on board.

The other two vessels, Pride of Canterbury and Spirit of France, which normally operate between the Strait of Dover and the Strait of Curry, remain inactive as they have not been inspected.

The MCA found 31 safety issues on another ferry, the European Causeway, and was detained on March 25.

He was allowed to sail on April 8, but was hit by a power outage and drifted into the Irish Sea on April 26 for over an hour.

The MCA cleared the ship two days later and said its shaft generator would not be used to supply main power, but the use of electricity could rely on other generators.

The other two vessels, Pride of Hull and Norbay, were allowed to sail at the first inspection. Meanwhile, a few flaws were first discovered in the European Highlander, which was allowed to sail last month.

Politicians and trade unions have expressed concern about the safety of P & O ferries after mass dismissals.

These are strongly disputed by the company.

Last week, CEO Peter Hebblethwaite ran into “wrong information” about the company.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.