Hundreds of P&O Ferry Passengers Left Stranded in Irish Sea After Power Loss

Hundreds of passengers onboard a P&O Ferries ship were left stranded in the Irish Sea for two hours on April 26 due to a mechanical failure.

The European Causeway, which can carry up to 410 passengers and 53 crew members, was sailing from Scotland to North Ireland when it lost power before arriving at the port.

The vessel left Cairnryan at about 12 p.m. British Summer Time and had been expected to arrive in Larne Port at about 2 p.m.

However, the vessel reported a “temporary mechanical issue” to the coastguard at about 1:30 p.m.

The ship returned to port “under its own propulsion, with local tugs on standby, where it will discharge its passengers and cargo as planned,” a spokesperson said.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution confirmed that it sent three lifeboats to the scene.

According to vessel tracking website Marinetraffic, the ship docked at Larne port around 4 p.m.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that the ship will remain docked at the Larne Port until it passes an inspection.

MCA added that there were no concerns for passengers’ safety at any point.

P&O Ferries has experienced difficulties in the last few months, following its mass sacking of 800 workers across the United Kingdom without notice in March.

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