|Posted on March 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM|
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 Pier Head at a much lower speed and had to wait in the Mersey for the Snaefell to depart.
Following the Snaefell departing the Landing Stage the Manannan berthed and the Snaefell proceeded out to sea to carry out her annual trials. During the trials she sailed along the North Wales coast to Anglesey before turning around and returning to the Wet Basin.
At around 0830 the Manannan broke away from the Landing Stage bound for Douglas. En-route to Douglas she did a few circles to carry out more trials before arriving in Douglas at around 1505.
During sea trials BOTH crafts maintained a speed over 30 knots. The Snaefell hit a top speed of 35.1 knots, which is impressive, and the Manannan 35.9 knots. Hopefully this year they will not suffer from any major mechanical faults.
The Manannan is currently berthed in Douglas waiting to enter service on Thursday 31 March 2011 and the Snaefell remains in the Wet Basin awaiting charter or sale.