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  • Isle of Man Steam Packet CompanyBEN-MY-CHREE seen in the River Mersey approaching Birkenhead, 09.02.19. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.

    Ben-My-Chree | Isle of Man Steam Packet

    Find out about the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry Ben-My Chree. including her history, facilities, technical specifications, and photos.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsThe Isle of Man Steam Packet catamaran MANANNAN departs Larne following berthing trials. Copyright © Gary Andrews

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

    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…

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  • Ferry InformationSNAEFELL captured arriving in Belfast on July 4th 2008. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Master Jet (ex Seacat Isle of Man / Snaefell)

    Master Jet Fast Facts Current Name: Master JetPrevious Names: MASTER JET, SEA EXPRESS 1, COLOR SEACAT NORGE, SEACAT BOULOGNE, SARDEGNA EXPRESS, HOVERSPEED FRANCE.Shipyard: InCat Tasmania Pty Ltd., Hobart [AU] #26, IMO Number: 8900012Current Operator: AtlânticolineCurrent Route: Length Overall: Beam: Passenger Capacity: 450Vehicle Capacity: 84 carsTonnage: Sister-ships: N/A The 2nd of Hoverspeed’s 5 74m “Seacat” car carrying catamarans was built by International Catamarans (InCat) in Australia and launched as Hoverspeed France on April 28th 1990.  Despite being hull number 26, she was launched some months before hull 23 (Seacat Tasmania), but 3 months after hull 25 (Hoverspeed Great Britain).   All 5 of these “SeaCat” vessels where built to the same “Mark 1” design and specification, with a further 4 built afterwards for other operators to…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsThe Steam Packet have announced that less sailings will probably be available during next years Isle of Man TT due to P&O returning HSC Express to her owners. Manannan, the regular vessel linking Northern Ireland with the Isle of Man, © Steven Tarbox

    Sailings to next years Isle of Man TT set to be reduced, despite record visitors this year.

    No additional vessel available during the Isle of Man TT races The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IOMSPCo) have announced that they are currently set to offer fewer sailings to the Isle of Man during next years TT racing season. This is due to P&O’s decision not to extend the charter of their fast craft Express, as reported earlier this month. In recent years IOMSPCo have sub-chartered Express from P&O to provide additional sailings to the Isle of Man during this peak period, departing to Douglas from P&O’s Larne port rather than the regular IOMSPCo port of Belfast.  This news comes on the back of an announcement that visitor numbers arriving by ferry during the races where at their highest since…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsExpress passing Ballylumford power station, Easter Monday 2015. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

    Official: P&O to axe Express from Larne-Troon service

    Public conformation that Express WILL be dropped from Larne-Troon at the end of this season. In an interview with the Larne Times, a P&O spokesperson has confirmed that the fast craft HSC Express will NOT have her charter renewed at the end of her current season, and that notice has already been given to the owners of the craft that this is the case.  Express currently operates the seasonal service between Larne and Troon, as well as providing support to the Isle of Man Steam Packet during the TT racing season.  This year marks the 15th year in a row that Express has been chartered by P&O, and her 10th operating on their North Channel services. Last week, NI Ferry Site published…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTENA SUPERFAST VIII backs down Musgrave Channel towards Harland & Wolff's Commisioning Quay, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Further doubt cast over the future of the Larne-Troon service.

    News has reached NIFS that in the past few days, P&O staff have been told by the company that the charter of HSC Express will NOT be renewed at the end of the current season in October, and is currently being offered for sale by her owners. This confirms previous speculation that Express was indeed up for sale. Officially speaking, P&O are searching for an alternative craft to operate the service from next season onwards, however, it is hard to see where such a craft would be available from given the declining numbers of fast craft in North European waters. The P&O Larne – Troon service is, of course, the last remaining fast craft service linking Northern Ireland and Scotland,…

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  • Ferry Sailing UpdatesHSC Express. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    P&O’s Express gets a surprise trip to the Isle of Man

    Due to ongoing technical problems with the fast craft Manannan, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will be using P&O’s ‘Express‘ tomorrow morning. She will return to P&O for the evening sailing to Troon. She will leave Larne at 07:00 arriving in Douglas 09:45, departing Douglas 11:00 and returning to Larne at 13:45 in plenty of time for her 16:00 departure to Troon. Tomorrows Belfast – Douglas sailing is of course cancelled, as are Manannan‘s Liverpool sailings. Liverpool passengers are being transferred to the Ben My Chree sailings from Heysham instead. Image: HSC Express.  Copyright © Scott Mackey.

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