Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Ben-my-Chree: Ferry failure leads to Irish Sea cancellations

Ben-my-Chree Image copyright Manxscenes.com
Image caption The Ben-my-Chree returned to Douglas without passenger and on one engine

Sailings between the Isle of Man and Lancashire have been cancelled after a ferry suffered a mechanical failure.

The Steam Packet Company said it "proved impossible" to fix the Ben-my-Chree in Heysham and it returned to Douglas without passengers on Sunday.

A spokesman said they are working to repair the ship but its 08:45 and 14:15 BST sailings to and from the Lancashire port have been cancelled.

The ferry is expected to return for the 19:45 service to Heysham.

Passengers affected by the cancellations were offered a place on the company's fastcraft catamaran, the Manannan.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward apologised to passengers who have had their travel plans disrupted.

He said: "We are committed to minimising the inconvenience to our customers and are making every effort to ensure a speedy return to service."

The Ben-my-Chree has been part of the company's fleet for 18 years.

A spokesman added that the MS Arrow has been brought in to ensure "vital freight services" are maintained.

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