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Changes to Northern Ireland-Isle of Man Ferry Dropped

12th October 2017
The port estate of Belfast Harbour from where the IOMSPCo are to remain operating ferry services connecting the Isle of Man The port estate of Belfast Harbour from where the IOMSPCo are to remain operating ferry services connecting the Isle of Man Photo: Belfast Harbour facebook

#ferrynews - Plans to overhaul ferry services between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been dropped writes BBC News after a three-week public consultation.

The Steam Packet Company had considered re-routing sailings (as previously reported on Afloat) to the port of Larne instead of Belfast Dock.

A spokesman said Larne could better accommodate heavier vehicles such as vans, motor homes and coaches.

Despite this, the consultation showed that passengers preferred the "convenience" of sailing to Belfast.

While the route will remain unchanged for the duration of 2018, the Steam Packet company said discussions will continue to improve facilities at Belfast.

"If those upgrades cannot be undertaken it will make sense for the Isle of Man if we look again at Larne to provide a service for larger vehicles", said company chief Mark Woodward.

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