Port obstruction cleared

The Ben-my-Chree

The Ben-my-Chree

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Normal ferry services can resume after an obstruction that was blocking Heysham port was cleared.

Sailing schedules had to be revised after a large piece of timber broke free in recent storms and become embedded on the sea bed at the entrance to the port.

It meant that the Ben-my-Chree could only approach and leave at higher states of tide.

Steam Packet chief executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We are very grateful to Heysham Port for working to clear the obstruction as quickly as possible, allowing the Ben-my-Chree to resume its normal schedule from Monday (January 4).

‘We would also like to thank the travelling public for their patience and understanding during this short period of disruption.’

Tonight’s sailing to Heysham will depart Douglas at 9.30pm and the return crossing will leave at 2.30am. The advertised schedule will then be in operation from Monday’s 8.45am departure to Heysham.

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