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P&O Ferries to refit Irish Sea ships

[ March 28, 2017   //   ]

P&O Ferries is sending four ships from its Irish Sea fleet to the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead over the next two months for £1.2 million of re-fit work.

The two Liverpool-Dublin ships – the 17,500 ton sister vessels Norbay and Norbank – go to the Merseyside yard for 16 days of work each from 28 March. The Neptune Aegli has been brought in as cover for the duration of their absence.

Next month, P&O Ferries’ two ships on the Larne-Cairnryan route – the 21,000 ton European Highlander and is sister vessel the European Causeway – will sail to Birkenhead for 18 days of re-fit work apiece. While they are away the European Seaway, which P&O Ferries usually deploys as an accompanied freight-only vessel carrying up to 200 passengers on the English Channel, will travel to the Northern Corridor to cover for them.

The programme – which comprises hull repairs, blast and paint jobs and steel deck renewals – will be completed by early June. This will be the first time the ships have been re-fitted since 2015.