Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Faulty Isle of Man ferry engine causes delays

Passengers on the Manx Steam Packet Company ferry Manannan have been warned to expect delays for three weeks.

Engineers have discovered a fault with one of the high-speed vessel's four engines, which the company said would be repaired by 23 July.

A Steam Packet spokesman said it would be continuing its services on three engines until the work, expected to take two days, is carried out.

Crossings to Liverpool are expected to take 30 minutes longer.

Engine problem

Chief executive Mark Woodward said: "We have become aware of an issue with one of her engines and anticipate that this will be fully investigated and repaired within the next three weeks.

"In the meantime, we intend that Manannan will maintain her scheduled duties, albeit on three engines, with the result that crossing times to and from Liverpool will increase to around three hours.

"To further minimise any inconvenience, I would ask all passengers to check in promptly so that we can ensure early departures when possible and mitigate any increase in sailing time."

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