Ben to sail tonight instead of this morning

The Ben-my-Chree

The Ben-my-Chree

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This morning’s Steam Packet sailing from Douglas to Heysham has been delayed more than 12 hours.

The Ben-my-Chree was scheduled to leave at 8.45am but it will now set off at 9pm. Passengers should check in an hour earlier.

It will return from Heysham at 3am on Christmas Day.

Several sailings over the last week have been cancelled or changed because of the stormy weather.

Passengers who would like to make alternative arrangements are asked to contact the Steam Packet on 661661.

Steam Packet chief executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The weather conditions of the past few days have presented some challenges to the travelling public and I would like to thank our customers for their ongoing understanding and patience.’

The Steam Packet is not the only Irish Sea operator to have had to cancel services.

Several ferry crossings between Ireland and Britain have also been affected by the bad weather.

Irish Ferries has cancelled sailings of the ‘Swift’ service between Dublin and Holyhead today. All passengers are being accommodated on the larger ‘Cruise’ vessel.

Sailings between Rosslare and Pembroke are also cancelled.

Stena Line cancelled its 2.15am and 8.20am sailings from Dublin Port. The company is warning that later sailings may also be subject to delays.

Sailings from Rosslare to Fishguard have also been cancelled.

For the latest from the Steam Packet, click here.

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