MV European Causeway

The MV European Causeway is a ferry operated by P&O Ferries. She was built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shimonoseki shipyard in Japan.[1]

The European Causeway
Name: European Causeway [1]
Owner: P&O Ferries [1]
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas [1]
Route: Cairnryan-Larne [1]
Ordered: 1998
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Yard number: 1065 [1]
Laid down: 1999
Launched: 2000 [1]
Completed: 2000
In service: August 2000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 20,646 GT [1]
Length: 156.2 m (512.5 ft) [1]
Beam: 23.4 m (76.8 ft) [1]
Draught: 5.5 m (18.0 ft) [1]
Propulsion: 4 x Wärtsilä 12V38 [1]
Speed: 23 kn (42.6 km/h) [1]
  • 410 passengers
  • 375 cars [1]
Crew: 55


European Causeway entered service in August 2000 replacing the Pride of Rathlin[2]. She was specially designed for the Cairnryan-Larne route and has not operated in service away from this route only straying for refit periods.


On 18 December 2018, European Causeway was involved in an incident in extreme weather conditions. After what was described as a "big dip", several lorries toppled sideways causing damage to other vehicles on the car deck. No injuries were reported.[3] The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is investigating.[4]

Sister Ships

European Causeway does not have an exact sister however P&O ordered two further vessels based on her design:-

Enlarged version built for P&O Irish Sea's Liverpool (later Mostyn)-Dublin service. Differences include more powerful engines for higher service speed, full bow ramp for landing on linkspans, large stern ramp, passenger cabins, Club Lounge and revised crew facilities.
Enlarged version built for P&O Irish Sea as a partner to the European Causeway. Differences include minor revisions to the passenger deck layout, additional passenger lifts and the use of larger lifeboats rather than Marine evacuation systems


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