The Steam Packet Company’s 2013 fast craft season drew to a close on Sunday (November 3rd), with Manannan’s final Liverpool service.

The winter schedule will see Ben-my-Chree operate two Heysham services per day from Monday to Friday, with Saturdays and Sundays seeing her carry out one Heysham and one Birkenhead sailing on each day, as she has done in recent years.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘Manannan traditionally operates from Easter through to early November and this year she enjoyed 100% technical reliability. Even allowing for some unavoidable weather cancellations her overall reliability was still 98%.

‘Looking ahead to next year, we opened our 2014 bookings at the start of October and the response so far has been very encouraging.’

After a winter in dry dock, during which she will undergo her annual maintenance, Manannan will return for the start of the 2014 fast craft season on Friday, March 28th