P&O Ferries cancels Easter cross-Channel sailings

By Linsey McNeill
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Beleaguered P&O Ferries has confirmed all sailings on the Dover-Calais route will remain suspended over the long Easter weekend.

The announcement came last night after coastguards found further safety issues with one of its ships.

Two P&O ferries remain detained at Dover, the Pride of Kent and The Spirit of Britain, after they failed inspections by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

P&O had hoped that Pride of Kent would be released yesterday following a fresh inspection by the MCA, but instead inspectors said they had found ‘additional deficiencies’ and the ship remains detained.

In a tweet, P&O Ferries said last night: “Dover-Calais: April 15 to April 18. Our Passenger services are suspended this weekend. We sincerely apologise.

“For travel April 15-18 please re-book directly with another operator before arriving. DFDS are not able to transfer P&O customers on their ships.”

P&O Ferries added that it will refund passengers for the cost of their tickets, plus the fare difference to switch to another operator, but customers will struggle to find alternatives crossings.

DFDS said it plans to run more than 100 sailings each way every day between Dover and Calais and Dover and Dunkirk this weekend, but it said it has no availability for P&O customers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In a tweet it said: “Please do not proceed to port without a confirmed reservation, contact P&O Ferries for alternative travel arrangements.”

P&O Ferries’ services on the cross-Channel route have been suspended since March when it fired around 800 employees and replaced them with cheaper agency staff.

Customers due to travel today are being advised to turn up on time and head to the DFDS booths at Dover or the P&O booths in Calais.

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