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A  ferry has been escorted back to safety after becoming adrift in the Irish Sea in yet another public relations disaster for bayan escort izmir the scandal-hit firm – just weeks after it sparked fury by firing 800 UK staff over zoom and replacing them with cheaper foreign crews.  

The European Causeway, which can carry 410 passengers, was adrift five miles off the coast of Northern Ireland for more than an hour on Tuesday afternoon, according to tracking website Marine Traffic, before being escorted to its planned destination at Port of Larne.

It is the latest in a string of PR nightmares after Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced earlier this month that the Insolvency Service had started ‘formal criminal and civil investigations’ into the company, which he said he would be ‘following closely’ along with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The probe came after P&O Ferries admitted to breaking the law in the manner in which it terminated staff on March 17 to hire cheaper agency workers, a move that has caused a major backlash from politicians and workers – compounded this week by claims it wanted to cut the wages of its new workers even further.

Meanwhile, the company’s suspension of its Dover-Calais route has caused travel chaos on roads in Kent this month as other ferry companies have been placed under immense pressure to cope with the Easter demand. 

Dealing a further blow to its reputation, it was claimed this week that ships were prevented from sailing because their new poorly paid foreign crews had been trained so badly some did not even know where the liferafts were. 

The European Causeway had already been detained last month ‘based on concerns over its safety’ and to ‘prevent them going to sea’, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.The Pride of Kent was also detained in Dover on March 28 after it failed inspections to see if it was ‘safe to go to sea without passengers or cargo’.  

The Marine Traffic website today said the European Causeway’s automatic identification system status had been set to ‘not under command’.

A route tracking map appeared to show it off course and bobbing around in the Irish Sea

A route tracking map appeared to show it off course and bobbing around in the Irish Sea

The Marine Traffic website today said the European Causeway's (vessel pictured) automatic identification system status had been set to 'not under command', causing it to drift

The Marine Traffic website today said the European Causeway’s (vessel pictured) automatic identification system status had been set to ‘not under command’, causing it to drift 

The European Causeway (pictured today) had been detained at Larne after an initial inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on March 25 uncovered 31 safety failings

The European Causeway (pictured today) had been detained at Larne after an initial inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on March 25 uncovered 31 safety failings

The European Causeway, which can carry up to 410 passengers, is currently bobbing around

The European Causeway, which can carry up to 410 passengers, is currently bobbing around

It left Cairnryan at midday - with an unknown number of people onboard - due in to Larne Harbour at 2pm

It left Cairnryan at midday – with an unknown number of people onboard – due in to Larne Harbour at 2pm

<div class="art-ins mol-factbox news halfRHS" data-version="2" id="mol-95925fd0-c57b-11ec-9b04-19236ed9a435" website Ferry ADRIFT in the Irish Sea with up to 410 passengers aboard

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