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Due to ongoing problems in Douglas Harbour, the Isle of Man Steam Packet's sailing timetables for its ferry services have been revised.

The fast-craft Manannan will run two daytime sailings (today, 31 March) instead of the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree, departing at 9:30am for Heysham, and returning at 2:15pm.

According to Manx Radio, this will continue for the next three days (incl. Easter Saturday, 3rd April).

Ferry company boss Mark Woodward says the adjustments have been made to avoid on confusion in the coming days.

All passengers who're affected by the changes are asked to contact the Steam Packet Reservations Team on 661661.

A full list of the changes can be consulted through the Steam-Packet's website here, where the operator also outlines the combined reasons for problems in the harbour.

Published in Ferry

Ferry sailings of the Isle of Man Steam Packet were called off for the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree.

Sailings to and from the Island, reports Manx Radio, have been cancelled due to silt build up in Douglas Harbour.

The Steam Packet Company has pulled the 8.45am, Ben-my-Chree, crossing to Heysham and the return journey at 2.15pm.

It says the silt combined with an extremely low tide is to blame.

Overnight sailings were also affected with the Ben-my-Chree delayed leaving Heysham.

It's due back to Douglas at 10am, meaning today's newspapers will be late.

Published in Ferry

#FerryNews - IOM Today reports of a newly-formed lobby group that says it has ’serious concerns’ about the ’strategic vulnerablility’ of Douglas port.

Isle of Man Maritime Ltd, a not-for-profit company which has replaced the Isle of Man Shipping Association, points out the harbour is too small to handle the larger roll-on, roll-off vessels that are now the norm.

And it says there is no contingency plan should there be a serious incident in the harbour which blocks it to other sea traffic.

It issued the statement after Tynwald last month backed an £80m strategy to redevelop Douglas harbour and attract more cruise liners to the island.

The Shipping Association had proposed a £35m-40m scheme for a fixed deep water landing stage on the seaward-side of the breakwater that protects Douglas harbour.

For further reading of this development, click here. 

Published in Ferry

William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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