A heavyweight financial row has broken out at Liverpool docks today which has left a ship sending key supplies back and forth to Ireland and England stranded.
A P&O Ferries vessel is currently moored at the city but is detained at the waterfront and cannot leave because of a dispute over outstanding payments.
The ship arrived in Seaforth this morning, loaded with food, medicine and other cargo, as part of a trip it is making every day during the Covid-19 pandemic.
But not long after getting to Merseyside, a disagreement broke out with Peel Ports, which owns and administers the dock facilities of the Port of Liverpool at Seaforth, asking for an unpaid sum of money.
P&O said a request was made for nearly £600,000 and then accused Peel of preventing them from sailing without the bill being settled.
And P&O claimed they’d been in ongoing discussion with The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company about the fees that were outstanding.
The firm said they had asked for flexibility to pay the money, due to the coronavirus financial meltdown, and have always remained committed to pay in full.
Their statement also added their point of contact at Mersey Docks and Harbour Company had been furloughed, without their knowledge, meaning communications had suddenly broken down . . . .
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