August 18, 2022

P&O Ferries restart Dover to Calais trips for tourists today – Daily Mail

P&O Ferries restarted cross-Channel sailings for British tourists for the first time today since sacking nearly 800 seafarers nearly two months ago – and having missed out on two bank holiday weekends including Easter.

The embattled ferry company said its 700ft (213m) ship Spirit of Britain will leave Dover for Calais at 4.05pm this afternoon. This will follow a departure from Calais to Dover this morning at 11.35am UK time which…….

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P&O Ferries restarted cross-Channel sailings for British tourists for the first time today since sacking nearly 800 seafarers nearly two months ago – and having missed out on two bank holiday weekends including Easter.

The embattled ferry company said its 700ft (213m) ship Spirit of Britain will leave Dover for Calais at 4.05pm this afternoon. This will follow a departure from Calais to Dover this morning at 11.35am UK time which arrived in Dover just after 1pm. There will also be a second departure from Calais to Dover this evening at 7.45pm UK time. 

The Dover-based firm said it was ‘pleased to confirm we’re operating a one ship schedule’ from today until Saturday, with its Twitter account adding: ‘If you’re travelling and the time provided is not suitable please call to discuss your options. Alternatively, if you don’t wish to travel, please email [email protected] for a refund.’

P&O Ferries had resumed freight-only sailings on the key route between the UK and France on April 26, having suspended most of its operations on March 17 after replacing 786 crew members with cheaper agency staff.

For P&O Ferries freight sailings, there is a new schedule from tomorrow of four crossings each day from Dover – 3am, 9.15am, 3.25pm and 9.25pm – as well as four from Calais at 0.15am, 6am, 12.15pm and 6.20pm (all UK time). 

Passenger services have already resumed on its three other UK routes – between Liverpool and Dublin; between Cairnryan in Scotland and Larne in Northern Ireland; and between Hull and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Spirit of Britain, which was built in Finland and had its maiden voyage in 2011, is one of the largest ferries operating in Europe and is the only ship the company can currently use for its cross-Channel operations.

The ship, which has a maximum speed of 22 knots, was cleared to sail on April 22 after being detained 11 days earlier, when 23 failures were found by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspectors.

The Spirit of Britain arrives from Calais into Dover in Kent today as P&O Ferries restarts cross-Channel sailings for tourists

The Spirit of Britain (right) passes the Pride of Canterbury as it arrives from Calais into the Port of Dover in Kent this afternoon

The Spirit of Britain arrives from Calais into Dover in Kent today as P&O Ferries restarts cross-Channel sailings for tourists

The Spirit of Britain arrives at the Port of Dover in Kent today as P&O Ferries …….

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10778191/P-O-Ferries-restart-Dover-Calais-trips-tourists-today.html