A spokesman for P&O told ITV: “We have been in open discussions since this crisis began with all of our ports and network to ensure that we can manage payments while everyone deals with this unprecedented situation.
We had asked for flexibility in the time required to pay but the Liverpool port refused to respond, even though we were committing to full payment.
Then we learned that our point of contact had been furloughed and they didn’t tell us.
The irresponsible and unnecessary actions of The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited at a time of national crisis have closed an essential Liverpool-Dublin supply route, which means vital goods will not be able to flow between the UK, Ireland and Europe.”
Peel Ports insisted the move was a “last resort” and accused P&O of putting other supply chains at risk, ITV states.
P&O ferries are no strangers to Mostyn, in 2001 the company switched its Irish Sea crossings from Liverpool following the £17m overhaul of the Flintshire Port.
The service between Dublin and Mostyn was 90 minutes quicker than sailing to Liverpool
The loss making service, which aimed to carry 1000 passengers a day, was axed in 2004 because of dredging problems in the Dee Estuary.
Port of Mostyn managing director Jim O’Toole told Deeside.com this morning that P&O asked if they could use the port for a berthing trial.
Mr O’Toole said the move was a “contingency measure” he said the trial, which lasted around an hour was “very successful“ and the port is on standby if needed.