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New P&O Vessel Detained, Threatening Return of Dover-Calais Service

The Spirit of Britain cross-Channel ferry moored at the Port of Dover on March 18.

The Spirit of Britain cross-Channel ferry moored at the Port of Dover on March 18.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Another P&O Ferries vessel has been detained, casting doubt on whether the firm will be able to restart the Dover-Calais route before Easter.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said Spirit of Britain is not being allowed to sail after an inspection identified several safety issues.