Ben in dry dock

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TRAVELLERS are being reminded that the Ben-my-Chree will be entering dry dock for its biennial statutory overhaul from Monday until May 5.

A large capacity freighter has been chartered from Northlink Ferries for the dry dock period, while Manannan will cover all passenger and car services, as she did during the Ben’s last overhaul in 2010.

Chief executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We were pleased to be able to confirm the Ben dry-dock dates and replacement freight service in January this year to allow our customers plenty of time to plan. The freighter we have booked is well-suited to the island’s needs and will offer one return sailing each day from Heysham

‘After the busy Easter period, the Ben will enter dry-dock on Monday, April 16, and come out on Saturday, May 5, for post-dock sea trials. Her first scheduled sailing will be on Sunday, May 6.’

Manannan will cover Heysham, Liverpool and Irish passenger services.

Connecting coaches will also be provided for foot passengers in Heysham to transport them to Lancaster station.

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