P & O ferry European Causeway has restored power after operation in the Irish Sea due to “mechanical problem” | UK News

Power has been restored to a P&O ferry after three lifeboats were launched following a “mechanical problem” in the Irish Sea.

It was in operation five miles off Larne in Northern Ireland for more than an hour on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Marine Traffic website.

P&O tweeted that tugs had been deployed to tow it back to port.

But shortly after, the Coast Guard said: “The European Causeway has restored power and is now heading into Larne on its own after a previous mechanical failure.”

It said the cruise ship Queen Victoria and the local coastguard and lifeboat crew were standing by – but that there was no danger to the passengers.

Three lifeboats were sent to the scene between 2pm and 3pm, RNLI reports.

The Danish Maritime and Coast Guard Agency has inspected the company’s ships for safety concerns from P & O’s. controversial mass dismissal.

The ship that developed problems, the European Causeway, was first released from detention on April 8.

Sailing was banned after an initial inspection on March 25 found 31 safety deficiencies.

The ship was eventually allowed to operate again on the Larne-Cairnryan route after another investigation.

P & O's European Causeway ferry docked at Larne Port in Northern Ireland last week
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The European Causeway pictured docked at Larne in March

‘Deeply worrying’ for crew and passengers

P&O said an independent investigation would investigate the cause of Tuesday’s power outage.

The company called it a “temporary mechanical problem” and said tugs remained on standby while continuing towards the Northern Irish coast.

“There are no reported injuries on board and all relevant authorities have been informed. Once they have docked, a completely independent investigation will be conducted,” it added.

The RMT called the incident “deeply worrying, not least for the agency’s crew and passengers on board”.

P&O caused outcry after suddenly replacing nearly 800 workers with cheaper temporary staff on March 17 – a decision it later admitted was illegal.

The government’s watchdog for business offenses has initiated criminal and civil investigations in the company.

All P & O’s ferries must pass an inspection before they are allowed to sail again.

Dover-based ships Pride of Kent and Spirit of Britain also failed initial inspections.

However, it is understood Shipping services to Calais will resume on Wednesdaywith passenger driving again early next week.

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