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Main Manx Ferry to Remain Dry-Docked on Merseyside Shipyard for a Further Period

3rd May 2021
Isle of Man ferry, Ben-my-Chree is expected to remain in dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during routine annual maintenance (Afloat adds) at Cammell Laird.  A shipyard and repairer facility as above is based in Birkenhead on Merseyside. Isle of Man ferry, Ben-my-Chree is expected to remain in dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during routine annual maintenance (Afloat adds) at Cammell Laird. A shipyard and repairer facility as above is based in Birkenhead on Merseyside. Credit: Manx Radio-twitter

The main Isle of Man ferry, the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree is expected to be in shipyard dry dock for a further six days following issues discovered during a routine annual maintenance.

Operator, Isle of Man Steam Packet says worn bearings on the vessel need replacing.

According to Manx Radio, it means the 'Ben' will now return to service on Thursday, 13 May, in time for the morning 8:45am sailing to Heysham.

Until then, the fastcraft Manannan will continue the daytime sailing service to the Lancashire port, whilst the MV Arrow will be in charge of bringing freight across.

Meanwhile, (today's) Monday's daytime sailings to Heysham are subject to possible disruption or cancellation.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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