MV European Causeway

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The European Causeway
The European Causeway
Name: European Causeway [1]
Owner: P&O-house flag.svg 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
Identification: IMO number: 9208394 [1]
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

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


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

Onboard facilities[edit]

Passenger facilities are located on deck 4.[2]

Bars and Restaurants

  • Fables Self Service Restaurant
  • Poets Bar
  • Commercial Drivers Restaurant
European Causeway's Drivers Restaurant also doubles as the ships Officer's Mess


  • Shop

Other Facilities

  • Children's Playroom
  • Games Arcade
  • Quiet Lounge (2000-2013)
  • Video Lounge
  • Commercial Drivers Lounge

In 2013 a 'Club Lounge' was installed.[3]

Sister Ships[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "M/F European Causeway". Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cairnryan's Superferries". P&O Ferries. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Irish Sea Improvements". P&O Ferries. Retrieved 14 August 2013.