Ferry sailings may return to city
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is considering moving the majority of its operations from Heysham, Lancashire, to Liverpool.
The company runs passenger and freight sailings to Douglas from Heysham, fast craft summer services from Liverpool and weekend sailings from Birkenhead.
Chief executive Mark Woodward said passenger research showed that "Liverpool is a clear choice".
The company has sailed from the city since 1832.
In the mid-1980s the majority of the firm's sailings were moved to Heysham.
Mr Woodward said: "The Steam Packet has had a long and historic link with Liverpool.
"From our freight customers' point of view Liverpool is preferred to Heysham because of its transport links and many of them have bases or warehouses in the Liverpool area."