Steam Packet warns of disruption to sailings

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THE Steam Packet Company is warning customers due to travel tomorrow (Wednesday) that sailings may be disrupted or cancelled.

On the Steam Packet website it says that ‘current weather forecasts indicate possible disruption/cancellation’ to both return sailings on the fastcraft Manannan.

The vessel is due to depart the island for Heysham at 8.45am and leave Douglas for Liverpool at 3pm.

A final decision will be made on whether the Heysham sailing will take place at 7am tomorrow. And there will be an update on the Liverpool sailing at 10.30am.

The Met Office, based at Ronaldsway, has issued a gale warning in operation tomorrow for the Irish Sea.

The state of sea is expected to be ‘occasionally rough’.

Steam Packet vessel the Ben-my-Chree is in dry dock for its biennial statutory overhaul until May 5.

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

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