Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

More Isle of Man ferry cancellations announced

Ferries in Douglas Image copyright Manx Radio
Image caption The P&O ferry has been chartered to cover the Steam Packet Company's Belfast route

Further sailings between the Isle of Man and Liverpool have been cancelled, the Steam Packet Company has confirmed.

Operators said the Manannan vessel sailings due to leave for Liverpool on 10 April have had to be scrapped.

Hundreds of people were stranded on the island after the vessel suffered damage caused by debris in the Irish Sea.

Steam Packet Company chief executive Mark Woodward said: 'We have made every effort to minimise the repair time, but the damage to Manannan was extensive."

All passengers booked to travel to Liverpool on Friday are asked to contact the Steam Packet company to make alternative arrangements.

The firm has secured a P&O ferry to cover services between Douglas and Belfast although no ferry has been secured to replace the Liverpool route.

Coach transfer

Mr Woodward said P&O's schedule means it is "not possible" to provide a replacement ferry service for passengers looking to travel to and from Liverpool.

The company said if repairs proceed as planned, Manannan sailings to Liverpool will resume on 11 April.

All passengers booked on Wednesday's Liverpool sailings were transferred to the Ben-my-Chree vessel crossings to Heysham.

On Friday passengers due to travel on the 15:00 (BST) sailing to Liverpool will be automatically transferred to the 19:45 sailing to Heysham- those on the 19:15 sailing from Liverpool will be automatically transferred to the 02:15 sailing from Heysham on Saturday.

A coach transfer service between the ports is being arranged, said the company.

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