Following last week’s announcement that Manannan will operate on reduced power after suffering a mechanical issue with one of her four engines, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company can now confirm revised departure schedules until the engine has been repaired.
Operating on reduced power will add approximately 20 minutes to each journey. The Steam Packet Company has been monitoring the impact on services over the last few days and, despite the deployment of additional resources at the ports, running on reduced power has impacted on departure times for sailings later in the day.
In order to reduce inconvenience and allow passengers to plan their journeys, the Steam Packet Company has decided to announce a revised schedule for affected sailings.
From 17th July to 13th August inclusive, the originally scheduled 15.00 sailing from Douglas to Liverpool will now depart at the new time of 15.45; the originally scheduled 19.15 sailing from Liverpool to Douglas will now depart at the new time of 20.00.
In addition, the Steam Packet Company is asking foot passengers planning to travel on Manannan’s 07.00 sailings to Belfast or Dublin and 07.30 sailing to Liverpool to check in no later than 40 minutes prior to departure. Early arrival will assist crew to ensure the vessel leaves as early as possible in order to preserve, as much as possible, originally scheduled arrival times.
The Steam Packet Company is making every effort to contact passengers affected by the changes. It is vital that up-to-date contact details are given, both email and mobile telephone numbers, when bookings are made to ensure passengers can be contacted with any details of important changes to the schedules.
The Manannan engine issue is still being investigated, but is believed to be connected to a failed crankshaft. Repairs are provisionally planned for mid-September. Passengers affected will be contacted once a date is confirmed.