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covid chaos Four Stena Line crossings from NI to Scotland cancelled after crew member tests positive

Four other crew members have had to isolate as a result

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A Stena Line ship

A Stena Line ship

A Stena Line ship

Stena Line, which runs ferries between Northern Ireland and Scotland, has had to cancel four sailings after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

Yesterday, the 7.30pm departure from Cairnryan and 11.30pm crossing from Belfast was stopped, while today’s 3.45am departure from Cairnryan and 7.30am crossing from Belfast were also affected by the cancellations.

The employee who tested positive is currently self-isolating, as are four other crew members who were in close contact with them.

Other crew members have since undergone testing in what the company described as “further precaution”.

A spokesperson for Stena Line said: "We apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience.”

They added: “Stena Line is currently working with the local and port health authorities in Scotland in a bid to restore the service as quickly as possible, adhering to all prevailing public health safety protocols.”

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