Ben-my-Chree resumes sailing with slight delay due to weather

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The Ben-my-Chree will resume sailing tonight with the scheduled 7.45pm sailing to Heysham leaving at 8.30pm.

Passengers are requested to check in no later than 7.45pm.

The return sailing to Douglas will leave at 3.30am instead of 2.15am with passengers asked to check in by 2.45am.

The slight delay is said to be due to ’forecast adverse weather ’

An earlier statement from the Steam Packet said: ’We can confirm that following a structural inspection by its own engineers, an underwater inspection by Department of Infrastructure divers and approval of repairs by Isle of Man Ship Registry surveyors, it is expected that Ben-my-Chree will be able to resume sailings this evening.’

Ben-my-Chree made contact with King Edward Pier on arrival in Douglas harbour yesterday (Sunday) evening after encountering significantly stronger than forecast easterly winds.

There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ’I would once again like to apologise to our passengers whose travel plans were disrupted as a result of this unfortunate incident.

’I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the crew on board Ben-my-Chree and all staff involved in last night’s incident for their calm professionalism and care for the welfare of passengers.’

The Ben-my-Chree will resume sailing tonight with the scheduled 7.45pm sailing to Heysham leaving at 8.30pm.

Passengers are requested to check in no later than 7.45pm.

The return sailing to Douglas will leave at 3.30am instead of 2.15am with passengers asked to check in by 2.45am.

The slight delay is said to be due to ’forecast adverse weather ’

An earlier statement from the Steam Packet said: ’We can confirm that following a structural inspection by its own engineers, an underwater inspection by Department of Infrastructure divers and approval of repairs by Isle of Man Ship Registry surveyors, it is expected that Ben-my-Chree will be able to resume sailings this evening.’

Ben-my-Chree made contact with King Edward Pier on arrival in Douglas harbour yesterday (Sunday) evening after encountering significantly stronger than forecast easterly winds.

There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ’I would once again like to apologise to our passengers whose travel plans were disrupted as a result of this unfortunate incident.

’I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the crew on board Ben-my-Chree and all staff involved in last night’s incident for their calm professionalism and care for the welfare of passengers.’