With video: Ben my Chree crashes into King Edward Pier

By The iomtoday newsdesk in Local People

The Ben-my-Chree tonight crashed into King Edward Pier in Douglas as high winds buffeted the Steam Packet vessel.

The sailing tonight has been cancelled.

We have uploaded photos from a video by Jason Cheetham appear here.

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See the video in full as well on this article

The Steam Packet issued a statement about the situation tonight.

It reads:

On arrival in Douglas harbour this evening the Ben-my-Chree encountered significantly stronger than forecast easterly winds and the vessel made contact with the King Edward Pier.

Engineers will work through the night to assess any damage and a diving inspection will be arranged during daylight hours.

Once the wind had dropped Ben-my-Chree was able to safely berth alongside the King Edward Pier. There are no reported injuries to passengers or crew.

This evening’s sailing to Heysham at 7.45pm and the return departure from Heysham at 2.15am Monday morning have been cancelled. A further update on daytime sailings on Monday will be made at 8am.

The Arrow will be brought to Manx waters tomorrow to ensure vital freight services can continue.

The Steam Packet isworking to bring Manannan out of overhaul, so that she will be able to provide passenger services if needed.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company chief executive Mark Woodward commented: ‘We apologise to our passengers whose travel plans have been disrupted as a result of this unfortunate incident. We will do all we can to minimise the disruption and to get services back to normal as soon as possible.’

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Manxman · 14 days ago · Report

Time for a MANX boat, sir Nigel!!!!

ET · 15 days ago · Report

In the freak gust conditions within a confined space and at low speed there is nothing to be done but minimise the potential impacts. The Captain & crew both on board and on quay appear to have done just that. Matters could have been far worse. It appears nobody was hurt which is good news.

Manx born (formerl CV) · 15 days ago · Report

Why is that Spook?

Spook · 15 days ago · Report

Its a wonder this wasn't reported as King Edward pier crashes into the Ben.

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