The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is deploying its reserve vessel Arrow to maintain overnight freight services.
Due to a rostered officer having to unexpectedly take leave for personal reasons, Manxman will be undermanned for the next two weeks.
As a result of Nautilus’ ongoing ‘industrial action short of a strike,’ no fellow officers will swap shifts or cover the absence via paid overtime.
Therefore, starting from tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd January) Manxman will only be able to operate a single daily sailing.
The Company has therefore been forced to implement the following timetable:
0800 IOM-HEY MANXMAN
1415 HEY-IOM MANXMAN
1700 IOM-HEY ARROW
0130 HEY-IOM ARROW
While this will affect a relatively large number of sailings, from a customer perspective, the Company has tried to minimise disruption by maintaining the more popular daytime sailings for passengers travelling to and from the Isle of Man.
All passengers on affected sailings will be contacted by the reservations team and offered transfers or full refunds.
Freight service will be maintained by Arrow for the period of the disruption.
The Company will provide updates as and when it is able.