Dock stay longer than planned
The return of the 'Ben-my-Chree' from yard maintenance at Birkenhead has been delayed. During routine inspections of the ferry in dry dock, the stern tube bearings were found to be worn more than expected. Although the wear was within tolerances, the opportunity has been taken to address this. Due to these unplanned works, and the necessity to source a company with immediate capacity to carry out the works, the docking will be extended by about six days, and the ship expected to return to services on May 13, starting with the 8.45 a.m. sailing. Until then, the fast ferry 'Manannan' will continue to operate daytime passenger services and the 'Arrow' will undertake a Freight Only service overnight.
Sailings cancelled due to silt build up
Sailings of the Isle of Man Steam Packet were called off for the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree due to silt build up in Douglas Harbour on March 30, 2021. The Steam Packet Company has pulled the 8.45 a.m. crossing to Heysham and the return journey at 2.15 p.m. Tthe silt combined with an extremely low tide was to blame. Overnight sailings were also affected with the 'Ben-my-Chree' delayed leaving Heysham.
Sailings cancelled for COVID 19 fears
Isle of Man passenger ferry services have been cancelled on March 11, 2021, for 24 hours after two crew members of the 'Ben my Chree' received calls from Covid-19 contact-tracing officials. The 08:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. sailings between Douglas and Heysham, in Lancashire along with their return journeys were scrapped. The 'Arrow' will undertakea freight sailing in the evening of March 12. The company has the vessel on a long-term lease to ensure vital supplies can be transported to the island during periods of disruption to the 'Ben-my-Chree'. Crossings have already faced disruption this week due to gales over the Irish Sea on March 10 and 11.Upload News