A total of 144 passengers and 35 crew members were evacuated from MV European Causeway due to a fire which broke out in the vessel's engine room. According to Fire Service commander, Liam O'Sullivan, no one was injured.
A P&O spokesman said all passengers and crew were safe, the fire had been "extinguished automatically within minutes" and the ferry was currently out of service while they investigate the cause. All passengers were accommodated on the next trip from Co Antrim port.
Just before Christmas, 9 lorries fell on to their sides and cars were crushed as the same ship was sailing from Larne to Cairnryan in bad weather.