P&O Ferries: Protesters block the road to the Port of Hull following the arrival of the Pride of Rotterdam Yorkshire News

The group slowed traffic entering King George Dock from Hedon Road as a protest against the sacking of 800 seafarers, including the entire crew of the Pride of Hull.

The Pride of Hull set sail last week under controversial circumstances with a skeleton crew and no passengers, and is now in dry dock in Rotterdam awaiting staff training.

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However, the sister ship Pride of Rotterdam arrived in Hull yesterday morning in preparation for the resumption of ferry services.

Protesters on Hedon Road in Hull

Meanwhile, another P&O vessel, European Causeway, which normally operates the route from Northern Ireland to Scotland, was seized in Larne after being declared “unfit for sea” by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The MCA cited problems with crew training and familiarization and ship documentation as the reasons for its seizure.

The entire crew of the Pride of Hull was fired.

The RMT, fighting over old P&O qualifications, has called for the entire ferry fleet to be seized.

The crew of the Pride of Hull, led by their Dutch captain, staged a “sit-in” protest and refused to allow anyone to leave or board the ship after news was relayed to them via video message that they would lose their jobs with immediate effect.

The P&O building in Port of Hull
The pride of Rotterdam arrived on Saturday

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This notice was published: 2022-03-27 07:49:51

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