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Isle of Man sailings on a daily basis to and from the island will be carried out by the (fast-ferry) Manannan, while the Ben-my-Chree is out of service for two weeks.
The latest changes to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's schedule are a further response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
From tomorrow (yesterday) the fast craft is to carry out daytime sailings (between Douglas) and Heysham - with additional overnight freight services provided by the MV Arrow.
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Afloat adds that the radio station also reported on Tuesday of the first batch of repatriated residents that returned yesterday to the Isle of Man from Heysham.
This involved the Manannan arriving in Douglas Harbour with 29 of a total of 400 Manx residents due to sail across the Irish Sea from Britain.
#ManxFerry&Freight – Isle of Man Steam Packet ro-pax ferry Ben-My-Chree is undergoing a biannual overhaul, in her place on the Douglas-Heyham route are fast-ferry Manannan and Arrow providing freight capacity, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Work on Ben-My-Chree at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead, will include refurbishment of some of her passenger lounges, with additional seating added to the Cafe Bar. Investment to interior changes are to refresh passenger areas and improve customer experience.
The 'Ben' is scheduled for a three week dry-docking period and is expected to return to service in time for the annual TT Races starting on 24 May.
Arrow which recently began a long-term charter, has a 65-unit capacity that will provide a lifeline for the island. She represents a multi-million pound investment and effectively is an insurance policy, allowing the operator flexibility to plan for scheduled maintenance periods and if required enhanced level of backup.
The Steam Packet's Chief Executive Mark Woodward said, "It allows us to supplement Ben-my-Chree and Manannan during the TT period, and at other times of peak demand to allow extra capacity for passenger vehicles".
"Already this year, the additional freight capacity offered by MV Arrow has released space on Ben-my-Chree and helped boost TT2014 bookings, which at the end of March indicated that motorcycle bookings were up by 6% on TT2013, cars, vans and trailers were up by 5% and passengers up by 4%".
The 7,606grt Arrow which is chartered from Seatruck Ferries with an option for the Steam Packet to purchase the vessel. During periods not in use, she will go to lay-by in an Irish Sea port yet made available at short notice.
#ManxFerry – The main ferry serving the Isle of Man has returned to service following contact with a pier while berthing at the start of this month in Douglas Harbour.
Repairs were made to Ben-my-Chree and she has since returned to operating a normal service between the Manx capital and Heysham.
The ro-pax ferry suffered damage four metres above her waterline after colliding with a berthing fender while docking at the linkspan at berth No. 5 along the King Edward Pier.
#MANX FERRY- In preparation for the busy festive season, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. (IOMSPCo) are to deploy Ben-My-Chree to operate two round-trip Douglas-Dublin Port crossings, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The ro-pax (90-freight trailer/630 passenger) ferry is scheduled to depart Douglas on Saturday 22 December at 19.30hrs with an arrival in Dublin Port at 00.15hrs on the morning of Sunday 23 December. The return sailing departs the Irish capital at 01.00hrs.
On the following weekend, Ben-My-Chree heads for the 4 hour 45 minute Irish route again on Saturday 29 December, departing Douglas at 19.30hrs and arriving in Dublin just after mid-night at 00.15hrs. The return crossing on Sunday 30 December to the Manx capital departs 01.00hrs.
For updates on sailing schedules to include Manx-UK routes between Douglas-Heysham and the winter only operated Douglas-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route visit: www.steam-packet.com/en/LatestSailings
#MANX FERRY – The IOM Today reports that the Manx Government is drawing up plans to ensure that any wind-farms built within the waters off the island would not affect ferry routes.
Work on the Isle of Man Marine Plan is under way and the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture's director of environment Martin Hall said it was important it was completed in a 'timely manner'.
One of the plan's objectives would be to identify current activities in Manx waters and safeguard their ongoing use. Mapping the location of navigation corridors, important natural areas and pipelines/cables will enable the island to identify potential wind farm sites that will not adversely affect current uses of the Manx marine environment, including ferry routes and fishing.
The comments come following criticism from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company over Centrica's plans for a wind farm in the Irish Sea, outside Manx waters. The Steam Packet says that Centrica plans to develop in the path of two routes: Douglas-Liverpool and Douglas-Heysham, in spite of complaints from the ferry operator. For much more on this story click HERE.