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European Seaway back in service ahead of European Causeway dry docking

Update 01.07.19 @ 11:00: EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY entered dry dock at Cammell Laird just before 8am this morning.

Update 01.07.19 @ 01:30: EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY left Larne for Birkenhead (though indicating Liverpool) just after midnight. She is expected to arrive at around 7am and is currently making over 20kts.

P&O Ferries EUROPEAN SEAWAY is back in service between Larne and Cairnryan having taken up the 20:00 departure from Larne this evening, effectively switching places with EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER once the latter arrived from her 16:30 sailing ex Cairnryan.  This will allow EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY to be released by EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER after her 22:00 arrival from Cairnryan so the former vessel can go to dry dock at Cammell Laird.  EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY is expected to return to service on July 8th once the required inspections and essential maintenance have taken place.

P&O Ferries EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY seen in the sun bound for Larne on her 11:30 sailing from Cairnryan, with Ailsa Craig in the background. 27.06.19. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
P&O Ferries EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY seen in the sun bound for Larne on her 11:30 sailing from Cairnryan, with Ailsa Craig in the background. 27.06.19. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

On Thursday, EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY‘s 13:30 departure was delayed by over two hours due to “technical difficulties”. This prevented EUROPEAN SEAWAY from berthing at Larne as normal at 15:30 as ‘Causeway’ was blocking the MacKean Quay berth at Larne which is the only berth suitable for ‘Seaway’.  Passengers aboard EUROPEAN SEAWAY were kept informed of progress by tannoy announcements from Captain Ross Cooper and got to enjoy an extra 30 minutes plus sunshine onboard while their vessel cruised slowly in a circular course off the Antrim coast.  While the delayed sailing of EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY continued to have a knock-on effect with EUROPEAN SEAWAY having to delay her already late next arrival in Cairnryan due to ‘Causeway’ still being on the berth, sailing times were back to normal for Friday when EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER returned to service.

A rare view to be taken from an inbound ferry, P&O Ferries EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER (L) and EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY (R) together in Larne. In this case the ship the photo is taken from is EUROPEAN SEAWAY. EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY had been stuck in Larne with 'technical difficulties' meaning the inbound 'Seaway" had nowhere to berth. 27.06.19. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
A rare view to be taken from an inbound ferry, P&O Ferries EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER (L) and EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY (R) together in Larne. In this case the ship the photo is taken from is EUROPEAN SEAWAY. EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY had been stuck in Larne with ‘technical difficulties’ meaning the inbound ‘Seaway” had nowhere to berth. 27.06.19. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
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