The leading ferry firm between Dover and Calais, P&O Ferries, has suspended all its sailings ahead of “a major company announcement”, causing panic among travellers this morning.
A statement released by the company to staff reads: “We will be making a major company announcement today which, with the support of our shareholder DP World, will secure the long-term viability of P&O Ferries.
“To facilitate this announcement all our vessels have been asked to discharge their passengers and cargo and standby for further instructions.
“That means we’re expecting all our ports to experience serious disruption today so please bear with us and we will give further information in an all-colleague announcement later today.
“If you’re in a customer-facing role further information with follow separately on how we would like you to work with our customers. Thank you for your patience and support.
A spokesperson for the company said it was not going into liquidation.
They said: “We have asked all ships to come alongside, in preparation for a company announcement.
“Until then, services from P&O will not be running and we are advising travellers of alternative arrangements.”
Services have also been cancelled from other ports across the UK.
A number of motorists have allegedly been refused entry to Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday morning.