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The vessel is being detained after it failed security checks by authorities. It follows claims by the MCA earlier right now the Pride of Kent was present process inspection to make sure it was secure to place to sea with out passengers or cargo forward of full examination at a later date. An company spokesperson mentioned: “Our surveyors are in the process of detaining the Pride of Kent.” It is the second P&O ship to be held. On Saturday, the European Causeway remained confined to the Northern Irish port of Larne as a consequence of “failures on crew familiarisation, vessel documentation and crew training”.

While additional particulars are anticipated this night, the MCA spokesperson added: “We are awaiting confirmation of all the detainable items.”

The Pride of Kent was launched in 1991 because the European Highway, serving P&O’s Dover to Zeebrugge route. In 2003, it joined the company’s fleet of cross-channel passenger ferries.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter: “The MCA have informed me tonight that they have carried out an inspection on a ship belonging to P&O Ferries.

“As a outcome, the #PrideOfKent ship has now been detained.

“Safety will not be compromised & further checks will continue.”

His remark follows a warning this morning that P&O should raise this Thursday’s deadline for the fired staff to signal redundancy and non-disclosure agreements.

According to P&O, 430 of the sacked crew have totally accepted the redundancy supply whereas solely 29 haven’t but confirmed they are going to accomplish that.

Writing to Peter Hebblethwaite, the agency’s chief govt, Mr Shapps knowledgeable him P&O Ferries can be “left with little choice but to reverse your decision in any case” as a authorized bundle of measures would “block the outcome that P&O Ferries has pursued, including paying less than the minimum wage”.

Mr Shapps is anticipated to unveil a plan on Wednesday that, made up of eight factors, will embrace strictening employment legal guidelines for ship operators in UK waters. Consulting on redundancies and minimal pay shall be half of that time.

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