EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER made her way back across the Irish Sea to Larne last night, following an extended six week absence at Cammell Laird for refit. The P&O Ferries vessel had only been scheduled to go to the Wirral yard for three weeks, but problems discovered during dry docking meant she needed more work than had been originally planned. After floating out yesterday afternoon she left the dry dock at around 15:30 and was alongside the berth at Larne for midnight.
The return of EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER will allow relief vessel EUROPEAN SEAWAY to stand down for a couple of days before she covers EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY for a shorter than originally planned dry docking of around 8 days. NIFS understands that EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY will prepare to head to dry dock following her 22:00 arrival in Larne on Sunday night, with EUROPEAN SEAWAY operating the 23:59 departure from Larne.