The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel Manannan has suffered damage, due to the ingestion of floating debris. As a result, she is unable to reach her normal service speed and is running behind schedule. Some sailings this weekend have been rescheduled to allow time for engineers to complete repairs to the vessel when she arrives back in Douglas. Repairs are expected to take place tonight and into tomorrow morning.
Today’s (Friday 3rd April) sailings have been affected as follows:
The delayed 11.15 Liverpool to Douglas Manannan sailing is currently on the berth in Liverpool and is expected to depart shortly.
The 15.00 Douglas to Belfast Manannan sailing will now be taken by the Ben-my-Chree and will depart at 19:30.
The 18.45 Belfast to Douglas Manannan sailing will now be taken by the Ben-my-Chree and will depart at 01:00 on Saturday 4th April.
The 19.45 Douglas to Heysham Ben-my-Chree sailing has been cancelled and passengers will be transferred to the next alternative sailing.
Saturday’s (4th April) 02.15 Heysham to Douglas Ben-my-Chree sailing and 19.30 Douglas to Belfast Ben-my-Chree sailing have also been cancelled, and passengers will be transferred either to the Dublin sailings on Sunday or to an alternative sailing of their choice. All other sailings on Saturday 4th April should depart as scheduled.
Sunday’s (5th April) 01.00 Belfast to Douglas Ben-my-Chree sailing has been cancelled and passengers will be transferred to the next alternative sailing. All other sailings on Sunday 5th April should depart as scheduled.
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘I would like to apologise to anyone inconvenienced by this delay and revised schedule, but we have no option in order to repair Manannan and avoid further disruption to schedules.
‘We will release further updates as information becomes available.’