Isle of Man Steam Packet vessel Manannan was unable to return to Douglas last night from Liverpool due to a suspected engine electrical control system issue, which prevented one of her engines from starting.

Specialist engineers will attend the vessel in Liverpool this morning (Tuesday) and it is hoped that they will be able to find and fix the fault.

In order to keep the majority of traffic moving, the Belfast sailing today has been cancelled and will be amalgamated with the Dublin sailing tomorrow. Assuming the engine fault can be fixed, Manannan will leave Liverpool at 12pm today and will then take up her scheduled sailings.

Ben-my-Chree’s overnight sailing from Heysham was delayed to assist with transfers and returns to her normal schedule this morning.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We would like to apologise to all affected passengers and assure you we are doing everything we can to remedy the situation. However, passenger safety is our first priority and we will not sail until we are satisfied that the issue has been properly resolved.'