Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Ben-my-Chree: Isle of Man ferry services resume

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Image caption Ben-my-Chree has been out of action since Saturday with a steering fault

Sailings on a ferry route are to return to normal after services were cancelled due to a steering fault on a vessel.

The fault had been fixed and scheduled sailings could now resume, said the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

The Ben-my-Chree ferry had been unable to sail since Saturday, resulting in the cancellation of crossings between Douglas and Birkenhead.

Revised sailings continued between Douglas and Heysham using catamaran Manannan while repairs took place.

The firm apologised for inconvenience caused by the fault.

The Ben-my-Chree vessel is due to recommence sailings from Douglas to Heysham at 08:45 GMT on Wednesday.

The company's chief executive Mark Woodward said: "It was extremely regrettable for Ben-my-Chree to suffer a mechanical failure at such a busy time and I would like to apologise once again to all our passengers inconvenienced by the disruption to services.

"We have carried out the repairs as quickly as we could and made every effort to ensure freight transport was not impacted and that passenger services were maintained."

The firm also apologised for problems experienced by customers unable to get through on its telephone helpline which it said would be upgraded in the new year.

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