The Steam Packet Company has been informed by Fincantieri, the stabilising fin manufacturer, that repairs to a damaged fin, removed in January, will be completed and ready for re-fitting to Ben-my-Chree in June.
The vessel sustained damage to one of its two stabilising fins during heavy weather at the start of the year. Following an inspection in late January, a decision was made to remove the affected fin and return Ben-my-Chree to service until the repaired unit was ready to be re-fitted.
Following an update from the manufacturer, the Steam Packet Company can confirm work to install the repaired fin will take place in a quiet period from 19th to 21st June and a revised sailing schedule will operate during this period.
The Steam Packet Company is contacting any passengers affected on these dates in the coming weeks and Manannan and Arrow will provide sailings to Heysham and Liverpool.
Ben-my-Chree has effective stabilising efficiency with only one fin operational, and there is no impact on the vessel’s ability to sail, nor to berth, safely.