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Newbuild Manxman Floats For First Time in South Korea

13th April 2022
Float-out of Manxman at a shipyard in South Korea. Float-out of Manxman at a shipyard in South Korea. Credit: IOM Steam-Packet-twitter

The new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's vessel has successfully floated for the first time.

The Manxman is currently under construction in a South Korean shipyard, and is set to replace the Ben-my-Chree when it enters service (in Spring, 2023).

In a social media post, the Steam Packet has shared pictures of the ferry's first time floating on the water.

As 3FM writes, you can keep up with further updates on the vessel, which is set to arrive next spring, on the company's blog here.

Afloat adds the 133m long newbuild at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, will replace the 'Ben' next year, relegating the 1998 built ro-pax to backup duties.

This role is carried out albeit by the freight-only ferry Arrow on the main Douglas-Heysham route.  


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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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Afloat will be focusing on news and developments of shipyards with newbuilds taking shape on either slipways and building halls.

The common practice of shipbuilding using modular construction, requires several yards make specific block sections that are towed to a single designated yard and joined together to complete the ship before been launched or floated out.

In addition, outfitting quays is where internal work on electrical and passenger facilities is installed (or upgraded if the ship is already in service). This work may involve newbuilds towed to another specialist yard, before the newbuild is completed as a new ship or of the same class, designed from the shipyard 'in-house' or from a naval architect consultancy. Shipyards also carry out repair and maintenance, overhaul, refit, survey, and conversion, for example, the addition or removal of cabins within a superstructure. All this requires ships to enter graving /dry-docks or floating drydocks, to enable access to the entire vessel out of the water.

Asides from shipbuilding, marine engineering projects such as offshore installations take place and others have diversified in the construction of offshore renewable projects, from wind-turbines and related tower structures. When ships are decommissioned and need to be disposed of, some yards have recycling facilities to segregate materials, though other vessels are run ashore, i.e. 'beached' and broken up there on site. The scrapped metal can be sold and made into other items.