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Chimney fire during Isle of Man ferry crossing

A fire broke out in the chimney stack of a ferry making its way from Douglas to Heysham during the 08.45 crossing this morning.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company engineers say they have contained the situation aboard the Ben-my-Chree. The engineers have allowed the vessel to continue with her journey to Heysham.

The company say no passengers or crew have been injured, and added that there is no significant damage to the vessel.

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Isle of Man ferry trouble

Severe disruption to ferries between the Isle of Man and Liverpool will continue today.

The Manannan was taken out of service after debris from the sea damaged its engines.

Operators say hundreds of stranded passengers will be transferred to Liverpool by coach from Heysham after being carried on an alternative service operated by it's sister vessel.

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Steam Packet Company charters ferry to cover cancelled services

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says all Manannan sailings for tomorrow have been cancelled.

However, the company says P&O Ferries will cover the Belfast service.

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Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:

‘We have been trying for several days to provide a direct alternative for our Belfast passengers, who are not able to simply transfer to a Ben-my-Chree sailing.

‘We have now been able to secure a round trip charter from P & O Ferries, using its fast craft P & O Express. However, because of P&O’s own operational constraints, these sailings will arrive at and leave from Larne, not Belfast.’

Hundreds of passengers left stranded on the Isle of Man

Cancelled ferries between the Isle of Man and Liverpool have upset travel plans for hundreds of people.

Emergency repair work is being carried out on the fast craft Manannan after debris from the sea damaged its engines.

Easter holidaymakers who were stranded yesterday suffered further bad luck today when the Heysham ferry they were transferred to was late docking due to thick fog.

It's not yet known when the Manannan will be back in service and a further announcement is due later.

Passengers left stranded on the Isle of Man

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Hundreds of people were left stranded on the Isle of Man following the Easter break after ferry's stopped running to Liverpool. It's after the fast craft Manannan ferry was suspended because of damage to its jet system caused by sea debris. A number of people complained on the company's facebook page that they could not get through on the helpline number to make alternative arrangements.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive, Mark Woodward, said: ‘We would like to offer our sincere apologies to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

‘We are doing all that we can to restore normal operations as soon as possible and we will release further updates as information becomes available.’

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Transport: Isle of Man ferry stuck with engine damage

The Liverpool to Isle of Man ferry is currently stuck at the Pier Head after one of its engines was damaged by debris.

The Steam Packet Company vessel, Manannan, was meant to have departed the Mersey heading for the Isle of man at 10am this morning.

As it stands Manannan is currently loaded at Liverpool Port – engineers are in the process of surveying the previously mentioned damage caused by ingestion of debris.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and further updates shall follow as and when we have information.”

– team Packet Company statement on Facebook
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