A young man went overboard from a passenger ship in the port of Piraeus four days ago, according to the Safety4Sea publication. During the evening of May 23, 2018, the passenger went overboard from the "RoRo" (roll on / roll off) ferry Blue Horizon, while the ship was still docked in the port of
99,900 Reasons for P&O Ferries to Install CCTV Cameras
It was a dark night four and one-half years ago when 30 year-old Richard Fearnside disappeared from P&O Ferries’ Pride of Kent ferry as it was sailing from Calais back to Dover. His girlfriend said that he was going to the top deck to smoke a cigarette. Richard never returned. P&O didn’t sound an alarm…
No Answers, No CCTV & No Justice: P&O Ferries Leaves Fearnside Family in the Dark
It was a dark night when 30 year-old Richard Fearnside disappeared from P&O Ferries’ Pride of Kent ferry as it was sailing from Calais back to Dover. His girlfriend said that he was going to the top deck to smoke a cigarette. Richard never returned. P&O didn’t sound an alarm until the ferry returned to port.…
Disappearance of Richard Fearnside, Missing P&O Ferries Passenger, Featured on U.K. Television
ITV television broadcast this video to a nationwide audience in the U.K. yesterday about the plight of the Fearnside family who lost their son, Richard (photo left), at sea from a ferry, the Pride of Kent.
The ferry is operated by P&O Ferries. The ferry line does not have any automatic man overboard systems…
P&O Ferries Ignores Widespread Requests to Install Safety Cameras on its Ferries
Last week I wrote an article entitled Top 10 Most Outrageous Cruise Ship Stories of 2013. There were a lot out outrageous moments in the maritime community last year. I had to work hard to whittle my initial list of outrageous cruise stories down to just ten.
One outrageous story which I had…
An Open Letter to P&O Ferries CEO Helen Deeble: Do the Right Thing
Dear Ms. Deeble.
Cruise and ferry executives have difficult jobs, I suspect. You have to effectively deal with labor disputes, increasing fuel costs, and price wars with your competitors in an increasing difficult economy. What a headache.
In addition to managing the financial pluses and minuses of your businesses, cruise executives like you also have…
P&O Ferries No-CCTV Camera Controversy: Expect a Long Fight
Following intense public pressure brought by Richard Fearnside’s mother Marianne, P&O Ferries has posted comments on its Facebook page stating that it will be discussing the use of CCTV cameras with the "wider shipping community" and will be raising this issue with the "UK and European Maritime safety authorities."
Don’t believe it. This is…
Three Men Charged With Assault on P&O Ferries Spirit of France
As a maritime lawyer in Miami Florida, I have mostly followed and reported on the schenanigans of the Miami-based cruise lines.
But after learning of the plight of the Fearnside family who lost their son, Richard, on a P&O ferry based in the U.K, I have broadened my horizons.
What on earth is going…
P&O Ferries Crisis Manager Is No Stranger to Ferry Disasters
P&O Ferries spokesperson and crisis manager Chris Laming is at the epicenter of the public relations disaster following the disappearance of ferry passenger Richard Fearnside.
After 31 year-old Richard went missing from the P&O Pride of Kent, his mother Marianne Fearnside wrote to P&O Ferries to ask what happened to…
P&O Ferries Plagued By Overboard Passengers & No Safety Systems
P&O Ferries crisis management spokesperson Chris Laming recently responded to the disappearance of passenger Richard Fearnside.
He stated that P&O Ferries refuses to consider installing CCTV cameras on the Pride of Kent ferry.
He told a newspaper in Kent, U.K.:
"It is so rare. It is just not practical to consider doing this."…