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Passenger Figures Up

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Following the TT festival the company has announced that passenger figures were the highest in 10 years (excluding the 2007 TT centenary) This year the company ferried 35,172 passengers to island between 23 May and 08 June which is up by 4.3% compared with last year. Also the number of motorcycles transported to the island saw a 3.4% increase compared with last year. 


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Manannan in Dry Dock

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On 11th February the Manannan moved from her winter layup in Alexandra to Cammell Laird No. 5 dry dock for her refit prior to starting the 2012 fast craft season. She expected to enter service in late March. Pictures can be found in the Manannan's gallery.

Ben-my-Chree - Delays and Cancellations

Posted on December 4, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

As many of you will be aware there have been quite a lot of delays and cancellations of the Ben-my-Chree's sailings. The given reason for these delays and cancellations is the fact that the ship is operating with the use of only one bow thruster, consequently her manouverability within ports is restricted and with high winds there is an increased possibility that the ship will face damage, as she did about two weeks ago.


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Ben-my-Chree - Hole Punctured

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

On 25 November, while manouvering onto her berth in Heysham the Ben-my-Chree was pushed back onto her linkspan in a 50 knot gust that resulted in a small hole being punctured just 4 metres above her water line. It was decided that it would not be safe to sail with the hole in such conditions, therefore her return sailing to Douglas was cancelled while a temporary repair was made and passengers were offered alternative sailings. 


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Winter Timetable Commences

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

On 30 October 2011 the fast craft season was officially over when Manannan completed (what is thought to be) her last service sailing of the year. On the 01st November she departed Douglas at 1000hrs for her winter layup in Alexandra Dock, Liverpool. 


Over the winter the Ben-my-Chree will continue to provide two return trips per day to Heysham during the week and operate a return trip to Birkenhead on Saturday's and Sun...

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Possible Disruptions

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

According to the Steam Packet's website it is likely that there will be disruptions to all sailings tomorrow after the 0215 sailing from Heysham. High winds and rainfall is expected to hit the UK later this evening and tomorrow morning. 


If you are intending to travel tomorrow I reccommend you check the company's website to see whether your sailing will be going ahead.

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Fast Craft Disruptions

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The weather in the Irish Sea today has forced the company to cancel all of the Manannan's sailings. She was scheduled to operate a return trip to Dublin this morning and then operate an afternoon return trip to Liverpool, which have both been cancelled. 


The company is also expecting disruptions to sailings tomorrow.

Increase in Passengers Over TT Period

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 5:09 AM Comments comments (0)

The company has announced that the number of passengers carried over the TTT fortnight is up by 6.7% on last years TT festival. 


This year the company has carried 33,712 passengers over the fortnight whereas last year only 31,595 passengers were carried over the fortnight. Also the number of motorcycles carried by the company during the TT has increased by 5.5%. This year the company transpo...

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Ben-my-Chree Dry Docking

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 8:34 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to a damaged bow thruster the Ben-my-Chree will be taken out of service on June 18 until June 20 (This weekend). She will enter one of Cammel Lairds dry docks after operating a sailing to Birkenhead to cover for the 0845 sailing to Heysham, which will depart Douglas at 0700.


Over the weekend all passenger sailings to and from Heysham have been cancelled. The Manannan is to operate a 2345 sailing to Heysham on 19 June and...

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Manannan Sea Trials

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday afternoon the Manannan departed Douglas for further Sea Trials. She was out at sea for around an hour and a half.


She did not venture out too far, sticking to the East coast of the island for the whole trial. Whilst on Sea trials she was recorded at one point doing 41.1 Knots. Hopefully this is a sign that she will have a good summer with very few disruptions. Only time will tell.

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Ben-my-Chree - Delayed

Posted on March 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Today sailings on the Ben-my-Chree to and from Birkenhead have been delayed. She departed Douglas at 0825 hrs and arrived at 12 Quays at 1300 hrs. She was scheduled to depart 12 Quays at 1400 hrs but this was delayed by 45 minutes.


She is currently en-route to Douglas with an ETA of 1900hrs. Sailings are expected to resume as normal with the 1945 Douglas - Heysham sailing later today.


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Fast Craft Movements

Posted on March 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM Comments comments (0)

On Tuesday 15 March 2011 both the Manannan and Snaefell departed the Wet Basin, Birkenhead in order to complete sea trials following their refits.


The Snaefell was first to depart the Wet Basin, at 0620 and proceeded to Princes Landing Stage before heading out into the Irish Sea. The Manannan departed the Wet Basin at around the same time as the Snaefell but proceeded to the ...

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Mezeron Axes Liverpool Freight Service

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the last couple of days Mezeron Line have announced that they are to cease operations to Liverpool from the 19th February 2011. 


The decision has been made as the service did not prove profitable enough for the company therefore they have decided to axe the service and continue services with the Silver River from Ramsey to Glasson Dock and Belfast.


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Douglas Harbour Figures Rise

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Despite the poor economic climate, the number of passengers passing through Douglas Harbour during 2010 had rose by 1.1/1.2%


Although the figures were up for the year, in December figures had fell. The only route on schedule that had not improved was Heysham which had figures that were down by 4.2% It is thought that it is the adverse weather on both the Irish Sea and land is...

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Jobs Lost at the Steam Packet

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been announced that, due to the Snaefell being taken out of service 29 crew members are to be made redundant. Most of these who have been made redundant are seafarers. This suggests that the Snaefell could of already been sold. However this is only a suggestion.


Although it is thought by many that the reason for the company removing Snaefell from the fleet is purely due to recent competiti...

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