‘Captain Hogwash’ P&O boss urged to quit for replacing staff with cheap novices

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Captain Hogwash P&O boss Peter Hebblethwaite faces fresh calls to walk the plank for hiring cheap labour with no sea experience to replace 800 sacked Brit staff.

P&O Ferries is advertising for cut-price crews who do not need to have seafaring experience.

The firm is using maritime agencies to recruit staff to replace its 800 sacked workers.

Chief executive Hebblethwaite is now facing continued calls to jump ship over the staffing crisis.

Agency CSM Baltics posted an ad on Facebook that said: "We are looking for a large number of stewards. No seafarers' documents are needed, just previous experience in hospitality institutions."

Darren Procter, national secretary of the RMT union, said: "They are cutting corners. It's not just about training but having crews who have worked together and are experienced."

One vessel is being held at Larne in Northern Ireland for being "unfit to sail" due to concerns about training.

The sackings sparked more anger on social media, with one person saying on Twitter: "Peter Hebblethwaite, should resign. His brutal sackings are a total disgrace."

But a P&O Ferries spokesman said: "The safety of our passengers and crew is our foremost priority.

"The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is currently making port state inspections, which includes checking all crew certification."

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On March 17 P&O Ferries fired 800 staff with immediate effect via a brutal Zoom video.

The company said they have made a decision that its vessels going forward will be primarily crewed by a third-party crew provider.

A video has now emerged showing the moment the company chief announced the termination of the staff's contracts.

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He said: "Therefore I am sorry to inform you that this means your employment is terminated with immediate effect on the grounds of redundancy.

"Your final day of employment is today."

Some crew members reportedly defied orders and refused to leave their ships in protest.

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