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The Royal Navy's HMS Brocklesby berthed in Douglas Harbour today, noting another former vessel of the class, HMS Ramsey was named after the harbour town to the north of the Manx capital. Also in port today, AFLOAT adds is the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Mannanan which also has a naval connection with a previous owner when chartered to the US navy, prior to the Steam-Packet acquiring the ferry in 2009. On Wednesday, the fastcraft came out of winter layover to make a brief non-commercial call to Dublin Port on Wednesday. The reason was to enable crew to reach their required pilotage hours.
A British Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby, Manx Radio reports had arrived in Douglas Harbour today. It was a morning arrival for the Royal Navy minehunter to the Manx capital as the visiting vessel berthed alongside the harbour's Victoria Pier.…
Manx fisheries patrol vessel, FVP Barrule was in a 'close quarters situation' with a fishing boat, the incident was reported to Isle of Man Ship Registry. AFLOAT adds the 22m Barrule serves the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) whose fisheries officers enforce fisheries legislation within the Isle of Man’s territorial seas, which extend to 12 nautical miles. The FVP was custom-buit for DEFA by Scouter Marine, Isle of Wight in 2000.
An Isle of Man Government fisheries protection vessel (FPV) which enforces legislation up to 12 nautical miles offshore, was recently involved in a ‘close quarters situation’ with another boat. According to ManxRadio, the incident led to ‘avoidance manoeuvres’ having to…
A Ramsey built tallship is the 'Star' of a musical that is to debut this weekend at the Isle of Man east coast harbour town
An iron hulled sailing ship which was built in 1863 in Ramsey Harbour on the east coast of the Isle of Man, is the theme of a musical written about the tallship. The Star of India sailed from Britain, to India…
Visit Isle of Man extends tourism season to boost visitor numbers. Above Afloat adds is Peel Castle on the west coast of the island, is built on St. Patrick's Isle where a causeway connects to the harbour town of Peel.
The visitor season is to be extended into the autumn and winter this year by Visit Isle of Man in the hope that it will capture a share of the increasing demand for off-peak UK short breaks. The Manx Government is…
IOM Ship Registry secures four ship deal with fellow Manx based ship owner MX Bulk whose newbuild Maye Manx (registered in Douglas) was recently delivered. Credit: IOMshipregistry
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is expanding its fleet after securing a new deal with fellow Douglas based ship owner MX Bulk. The agreement will see the IOMSR flag four new 63,878 MT bulk carriers presently being built…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's newbuild will be longer than the current ferry, the Ben-my-Chree. This will necessitate the project which is expected to be completed before winter 2023.
Douglas Harbour is to undergo major works that are needed to protect the new Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry, the infrastructure minister has said. Chris Thomas said the project would reduce the risk of damage to the Manxman and…
Staff at the Ferry Travel Shop in the Sea Terminal, Douglas to assist with alternative 'Sail & Rail' travel arrangements to London or discuss options with Steam Packet Holidays.
ManxRadio reports on an update from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which has said its decision not to operate excursions to London was made 'reluctantly' for several reasons. The Steam Packet has confirmed it won't proceed with plans for…
Isle of Man Steam Packet is running 'ferry & coach' excursions to London to enable residents to visit the UK capital in the lead up to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has announced a series of new arrangements to allow residents wishing to pay their respects to Her Majesty, the Queen, Our Lord of Mann. As ManxRadio reports, the Queen’s state funeral is set to…
A contract for a marine dolphin and footbridge in Douglas Harbour is currently out to tender.
Costs related to a plan to extend one of the piers in Douglas Harbour used by ferry operator, the Isle of Man Steam Packet have yet to be finalised. That's according to the interim director of the Department of Infrastructure's…
Repairs have been completed at the linkspan on Victoria Pier, Douglas Harbour with Isle of Man Steam-Packet returned to normal service.
The problems with the No.1 ferry linkspan at Douglas Harbour have now been rectified, reports EnergyFM. A fault with a hydraulic pump which put the berth out of action last week, caused some travel disruption for Isle of Man Steam…
First look - On the bridge: Adam Kelso (left) has been promoted master of ropax Ben-my-Chree, which is seen berthed at Douglas Harbour. To mark the occasion alongside King Edward VII pier is the IOMSPC Managing Director Brian Thomson
The Isle of Man Steam Packet has promoted Adam Kelso to the rank of Master of the ropax ferry Ben-my-Chree, which has 1,235 freight lane metres and a passenger capacity of 630 passengers. Adam, born and raised on the Isle…
A planning application submitted by Isle of Man Government is to improve Douglas Harbour's King Edward VIII (in foreground) with alongside the Steam Packet's main ferry, Ben-My-Chree
A planning application submitted by the Isle of Man Government's Department of Infrastructure (DoI) to improve Douglas Harbour is an important development according to the Minister. It's for a marine dolphin and footbridge on King Edward VIII pier, and would…
Infrastructure plans have been submitted to extend Douglas Harbour's King Edward VIII pier, one of two piers which is used by the IOM Steam Packet. As above, Afloat captured in this scene taken from within the covered passenger walkway connecting to the IOM Steam-Packet's main ferry Ben-Ny-Chree berthed at the inner pier of the Manx capital port.
The Isle of Man Government's Department of Infrastructure wants to build a dolphin and footbridge in Douglas Harbour. As Manx Radio reports, plans have been published to extend one of the harbour's piers used by ferry operator, the IOM Steam…
NLV Pharos will be berthed in the Manx capital while alongside the Victoria
Northern Lighthouse Board's NLV Pharos, one of two ships that service and maintain lighthouses and marine Aids to Navigation in Scotland and the Isle of Man, will be in Douglas Harbour to hold Open Days for the public this weekend…
Cargsoship CEG Orbit, which when Belfast-bound from Liverpool, almost a year ago but went aground on the Isle of Man, has now been reflagged and renamed.  The incident of the short-sea trader took place at Cranstal between Ramsey and Afloat adds close to the island's most northern tip at the Point of Ayre.
Almost a year ago a cargo ship that ran aground at Cranstal on the Isle of Man, has been removed from the Latvian Ship Registry and is now operating with a new name under the flag of Cyprus. The former CEG…
All hands on Manannan's 'mezzanine' deck!' as AFLOAT adds during the TT Races period, the Isle of Man Steam Packet's ropax Ben-my-Chree and fast-craft Manannan run round the clock schedules. The Steam-Packet's hard working crew of Manannan and technical staff have fitted a specially designed mezzanine deck (above) to accommodate approximately 30% more motorcycles, giving more fans the chance to bring their pride and joy to the Isle of Man.
Approximately 34,000 visitors have travelled to the Isle of Man by sea for the TT this year. Rob Callister MHK, who has responsibility for the TT, said this figure was up by 3,000 people from 2019. ‘It’s normally only 31,000…

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