PR: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company invites comments on Northern Irish services.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet catamaran MANANNAN departs Larne following berthing trials. Copyright © Gary Andrews

Press release The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has launched a public consultation as it considers operating services to and from the Port of Larne in Northern Ireland to help boost visitor and other traffic.  The ferry company currently operates into Albert Quay, Belfast, but is investigating the merits of relocating to Larne, which could provide a service for heavier vehicles such as vans, motorhomes, coaches and freight that cannot be accommodated through Belfast. A professional research company has been engaged to conduct a public survey, which it is hoped people who have used the Douglas-Belfast route will respond to.  The survey, which is open to all, is available online, with links shared from the Steam Packet Company’s social media channels and shared directly with some customers who have used the route.  It can be viewed at www.islandglobalresearch.com/steampacketsurvey and is expected to run for three weeks. Isle of Man … Read more

Isle of Man ferry BEN-MY-CHREE to visit Larne

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company RoPax BEN-MY-CHREE. Isle of Man Steam Packet.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet have confirmed publicly that their 1998 built RoPax BEN-MY-CHREE is scheduled to visit Larne tomorrow (29/7/17) night for berthing trials.  This follows the InCat catamaran MANANNAN visiting Larne for similar trials earlier this year.  There have been rumours that the Isle of Man Steam Packet may be planning to switch the Northern Irish port for Isle of Man service’s to Larne, HOWEVER the company have yet to suggest this is the case with the official line being that these berthing trials are for contingency planning. The following was posted to the official Isle of Man Steam Packet Facebook page earlier today On Saturday night Ben-my-Chree will conduct berthing trials at the Northern Irish harbour of Larne as part of our ongoing assessment of the suitability of alternative facilities to allow for flexible and robust contingency planning. There will be no disruption to services as … Read more