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IoM's Manannan ferry tugged to Liverpool after technical issue

Credit: IOM Steam Packet Co.

A ferry from the Isle of Man to Liverpool took eight hours to berth last night due to a technical fault.

The Manannan left Douglas at 2:45pm, but an hour later a failure of one of the components in the ride control system forced crew to use reduced power.

Port Authorities in Liverpool (Mersey VTS) advised that they would not allow Manannan to approach the River Mersey channel without assistance from a tug.

The allocated tug was delayed and Manannan arrived at 22:30pm.

We would like to sincerely apologise to all those affected by the failure of this component for the initial delay to their journey. While Manannan's ability to manoeuvre has been slightly affected, the insistence by Mersey VTS that Manannan be escorted up the river to her berth by a tug has imposed a significant additional delay. We had already arranged for tug assistance at the berth. Manannan has no sailings scheduled for the next two days and the failed component will be quickly replaced on her return by our shore-based engineers.

– IOM Steam Packet Co. Chief Executive Mark Woodward