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P&O Ferries Sailings Between Larne and Cairnryan Resume

Following the release of the EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY from detention yesterday, P&O Ferries has resumed sailings on the Cairnryan – Larne route this morning.

With only the EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY currently available, the route will be limited to a single ship service.  The first sailing is for unaccompanied freight only. She is scheduled to leave Larne at 10am and Cairnryan at 2pm.

It is understood that accompanied freight traffic will be taken from tomorrow when three round trips will be offered. 

At the time of writing, passenger bookings on the Cairnryan route are not being taken for sailings before 13 April.

P&O Ferries' EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER (l) and EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY seen tied up together at Larne, 31 March 2022. Image: © Steven Tarbox.
P&O Ferries’ EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER (l) and EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY seen tied up together at Larne, 31 March 2022. Image: © Steven Tarbox.

The Larne – Cairnryan route has been suspended since 17 March when the company sacked almost 800 seafaring staff, 116 of which worked on Irish Sea services

EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY had been detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) since 26 March when she failed her Port State Control (PSC) inspection

Operating partner EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER is believed not to have had her PSC inspection yet.  She will not be able to enter service until this is passed.

At the time of writing, P&O Ferries is not accepting passenger bookings before;

  • 13 April on Larne – Cairnryan.
  • 18 April on Dover – Calais.
  • 17 April on the PRIDE OF HULL’s Rotterdam – Hull sailings.
  • 20 April on the NORBAY’s Liverpool – Dublin sailings

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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