A planned exercise on board Manannan will take place in Liverpool tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, October 19th).

The exercise, in conjunction with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS), is scheduled to start at 1300 hours, after Manannan has completed its scheduled Douglas-Liverpool sailing and passengers have disembarked. It is expected that the exercise will take approximately three hours, with the return 1915 Liverpool-Isle of Man service operating as normal.

The scenario will be based around an engine room fire, with ‘trapped/injured’ crew. A smoke generator may be in use to simulate the fire.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward explained: ‘The aim of the exercise is to enhance our crews’ training and their response to an emergency situation, in addition to offering MFRS officers an opportunity to familiarise themselves with Manannan, and high speed craft in general.

‘The exercise will have no impact on our weekend schedule and as it is a planned scenario, we wanted to advise the public to avoid any confusion for anyone who sees the emergency services attending Manannan tomorrow afternoon.’