There was more bad news for P&O Ferries on Tuesday afternoon as one of its ropaxes broke down off Northern Ireland.

The Dubai-owned operator, which sacked nearly 800 UK seafarers last month, said the 410-passenger European Causeway (built 2000) broke down off Larne with a mechanical issue.

The vessel, now crewed with cheaper agency staff, is about five miles offshore.

P&O said a full inspection will take place when the ship is back in port.

Tugs from Larne and Belfast have been deployed to guide it back, P&O tweeted.