Manannan to stay at home this winter


The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company fast craft Manannan is to remain in Manx waters this winter.

The vessel concluded her 2019 season earlier this month, maintaining a 100 per cent technical reliability record during the whole summer.

Operating 759 sailings and travelling 51,777 nautical miles, she also operated a 98.15 per cent punctuality record as the season drew to a close.

Manannan will now be moored in Douglas harbour before undergoing her annual overhaul ahead of services resuming on 27th March 2020.

Ben-my-Chree will continue to operate throughout the winter season with Manannan on stand-by until after the busy Christmas period to provide an extra degree of support for vital sea links.

In addition, MV Arrow – which the Company currently has on charter - will be available to ensure freight transport is continued.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward explained: ‘Once again, Manannan has had a great reliability record this season and plays an invaluable role in the Company’s day-to-day operations.

‘We constantly look for ways to improve services and respond to unforeseen circumstances and keeping Manannan here as a back-up strengthens that position.’

The fast craft will remain in Douglas over winter