With Manannan’s final 2018 sailing scheduled for this Sunday (4th November), the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has confirmed its fast craft will again remain in Manx waters this winter. She will be moored in Douglas Harbour before undergoing her annual overhaul ahead of services resuming on 29th March 2019.
Ben-my-Chree will continue to operate throughout the season, including daily sailings to Heysham and weekend services to Birkenhead.
During her season, Manannan has:
- Operated 773 sailings, travelling just under 55,000 nautical miles
- Maintained a 100 per cent technical reliability record
- Operated at 98.9 per cent reliability – with only four return trips cancelled due to weather
- Had her main engines accumulate approximately 9,300 running hours
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward explained: ‘Once again, Manannan has had a great reliability record this season and plays an invaluable role in the Company’s day to day operation.
‘We constantly look for ways to improve services and respond to unforeseen circumstances so the decision to keep her here until after the busy Christmas period will provide an extra degree of support for our vital sea links at an important time of the year.’