Ben-my-Chree to be out of action while fin replaced

The Ben-my-Chree

The Ben-my-Chree

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A fin on the Steam Packet’s Ben-my-Chree will be replaced after the TT festival.

The company has been told by Fincantieri, the stabilising fin manufacturer, that repairs to a damaged fin, removed in January, will be completed and ready for re-fitting to car ferry in June.

The ship sustained damage to one of its two stabilising fins during heavy weather at the start of the year.

Following an inspection in late January, a decision was made to remove the affected fin and return Ben-my-Chree to service until the repaired unit was ready to be re-fitted.

The repaired fin will installed in a period from June 19 to 21 and a revised sailing schedule will operate during this period.

A spokesman said: ‘The Steam Packet is contacting any passengers affected on these dates in the coming weeks and Manannan and Arrow will provide sailings to Heysham and Liverpool.

‘Ben-my-Chree has effective stabilising efficiency with only one fin operational, and there is no impact on the vessel’s ability to sail, nor to berth, safely.’

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