What has occurred?

All the corporate’s ferry providers are at present suspended. P&O usually operates 14 providers a day between Dover and Calais, three between Liverpool and Dublin, and 7 on the more and more vital freight route between Larne in County Antrim and Cairnryan in Dumfries and Galloway. There’s additionally usually an in a single day ferry from Hull to Rotterdam. This has been cancelled, together with all different providers.

I’m resulting from journey shortly – what do I do?

On the Dover-Calais route there’s loads of capability for these seeking to take a automotive over to France. Rival operator DFDS has ferries operating each 40 minutes or so to Calais or Dunkirk.

P&O ticket holders are being directed to those providers, and DFDS is accepting P&O tickets.

In its newest posting, P&O says: “If travelling on our Dover/Calais route please arrive on the port as booked and we are going to prepare to get you away on an alternate provider as rapidly as potential. As soon as on the port please make your strategy to the DFDS check-in cubicles.”

These hoping to take ferries to Eire face having to change ferry firm, and to purchase a brand new reservation. Stena Line runs from Cairnryan to Belfast whereas Irish Ferries operates from Holyhead to Dublin.

These travelling from Hull to Rotterdam face the most important disruption and longest drives. Stena provides Harwich to the Hook of Holland – the closest alternative for these needing to journey urgently. P&O should refund passengers for crossings not taken.

What about freight and P&O Cruises?

With not many automotive drivers travelling on ferries proper now, the most important disruption to providers shall be to truck operators. Queues of vehicles have already constructed up in Kent. The corporate accounts for about 15% of UK freight actions so some knock-on results may be anticipated, and commerce to Eire shall be affected.

P&O Cruises is owned by Carnival, and is subsequently utterly unaffected by this.

How lengthy is that this going to final?

P&O has mentioned the disruption will final a number of days. It’s unclear how lengthy it is going to take the corporate to take away current workers who’re understandably livid at their remedy.

The RMT union has instructed members to remain onboard their vessels as soon as they’ve docked or threat being “locked out” of their jobs.

“We’re digging in for the lengthy haul. We’re decided to combat,” RMT spokesperson Geoff Martin mentioned.

In the meantime, it stays to be seen how lengthy it takes the corporate to coach up the brand new company workers which have reportedly been introduced in to exchange them. If different assist employees on the affected docks refuse to work with the corporate, this might simply escalate right into a protracted dispute.

I’ve a reserving for my summer time vacation or credit score voucher I’ve not but used – what does this imply to me?

The corporate continues to be buying and selling, and has made it very clear that it isn’t going into liquidation. In concept this implies nothing has modified and the corporate ought to honour your summer time reserving and permit passengers to make use of credit score vouchers that they accepted in lieu of cancelled journeys final yr. If the corporate did collapse, future reservation and voucher holders would then face a battle to recoup their funds. Journey insurers and bank card firms can be anticipated to step in for some (however not all) prospects.

I’m disgusted on the approach the corporate has behaved. Can I cancel my summer time reserving?

Probably. Passengers who booked the corporate’s costliest Absolutely Flexi, and the medium priced Normal Flexi tickets are refundable, that means passengers might cancel with out monetary penalty. Those that booked the most affordable Saver tickets are caught with non-refundable tickets. There can be nothing to cease you cancelling however it might be at your expense.

Will the corporate face a mass boycott?

It’s extremely possible. By Thursday afternoon many had expressed their outrage on Twitter. Automotive drivers are vital, however for a boycott to essentially have an impact it must embrace freight operators. They sometimes care much less for worker rights however equally many shall be annoyed on the approach the corporate has gone about this. Truck drivers have described ready hours at Calais with no P&O workers in sight.