P&O Ferries, which sails major routes including between Britain, France and Ireland, has announced that it is halting all journeys to “secure the long-term viability” of the company.
The shipping firm also confirmed that 800 seafaring staff have been fired – with immediate effect.
“Services from P&O will not be running and we are advising travellers of alternative arrangements,” it said in a statement. Routes from Dover to Calais, Larne to Cairnryan, Dublin to Liverpool and Hull to Rotterdam will be disrupted for up to 10 days while they find new crews.
UK parliamentary under secretary for transport Robert Courts told the House of Commons that passengers should expect some disruption over
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