|Posted on June 14, 2011 at 8:34 AM|
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 on 20 June Manannan is to cover the 0215 sailing from Heysham but instead departing at 0300.
Passengers expecting to travel on disrupted sailings have been offered an alternative crossing or a full refund. The company is to charter a freight vessel to cover for the weekend. The Ben-my-Chree is expected to return on 20 June with a 1515 sailing from Birkenhead.
The Ben-my-Chree's bow thruster was damaged during May when debris was ingested causing the thruster to be out of use. Over the weekend the damaged bow thruster will be removed and taken away for repairs. After the busy summer period the Ben will return to dry dock when her bow thruster will be refitted.