Ferries to the Isle of Man with the Steam Packet Company
have been restored after Ben-my-Chree underwent crucial repairs.
The vessel was in dry dock for three days, during which a damaged bow thrust was refitted.
Repairs were delayed by 12 hours at the request of freight customers, who asked for an additional freight sailing to be accommodated ahead of an especially busy weekend.
Mark Woodward, chief executive of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, explained that it had initially been feared that the repairs wouldn't be carried out until the New Year.
"Because of the difficulty in obtaining dry dock slots and sourcing replacement freighter vessels, at the time we envisaged possibly having to wait until the Ben's annual dry docking in April to refit the bow thrust unit," he commented.
Mr Woodward revealed that the Manannan coped well with the extra services it had to run, but the company is glad to have the Ben-my-Chree fully operational again.
Posted by Mark Robinson