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

HSC Express. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

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.

Stena Mersey having technical problems?

Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan at 12 quays, 3/4/15. Copyright © Christopher Brindle 2015

Stena’s ferrycheck service informs us that tonights 22:30 departure from Belfast to Birkenhead has been cancelled due to technical reasons.  Stena Mersey is currently alongside the berth at 12 quays Birkenhead, as is Stena Lagan.  Passengers due to travel tonight should call Stena on 08447 70 70 70 to make alternative travel arrangements.  Tonights Birkenhead departure for Belfast is unaffected, whilst tomorrow mornings Birkenhead sailing is currently due to leave 30 mins early. Photo: Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan alongside the Birkenhead 12 quays terminal today.  Copyright © Christopher Brindle 2015.

Today’s sailing updates

Stena Superfast VIII. Taken in the North Channel from Stena Superfast VII. © 2015 Steven Tarbox/niferrysite.

Updates to the original text are in red. Stena Line have posted the following to their ferrycheck page “Please be advised that due to earlier adverse weather the next sailing from Belfast to Cairnryan today will be 1430 hrs instead of 1130 and 1530 hours- Please check in by 1330 hrs to ensure you get on this sailing – if you wish to change your booking please calll 08447 70 70 70 – Sorry for any inconvenience caused”.  At present (18:00), Ferrycheck indicates that the remainder of todays sailings will operate as normal Tonights Birkenhead to Belfast sailing is delayed by up to 3 hours, whereas the Belfast-Birkenhead sailing is delayed by 60 90 minutes.  This mornings 10:30 departure for Birkenhead was delayed by some 120 minutes according to ferrycheck.  Stena Hibernia is currently on the berth at VT2, so I assume she is sailing for Birkenhead today.  Stena Hibernia … Read more

P&O temporary revised timetable

European Highlander in Loch Ryan. © Steven Tarbox/niferrysite

Due to the technical problem with European Causeway, P&O have published the following timetable for the following two days: Tuesday 31.03.15  Ex Larne – 19:30 Ex Cairnryan – 22:45 Wednesday 01.04.15 Ex Larne – 02:45, 10:00 & 17:15 Ex Cairnryan – 06:00, 13:15 & 21:00 European Causeway remains at the MacKean quay meaning European Highlander is still using the single level loading Curran Quay.

P&O taking no new Cairnryan bookings until Thursday

P&O have posted to their official twitter account that they will be taking no new bookings until 02.04.15. It would appear that European Causeway has suffered some sort of technical failure, as she has been on the regular berth at Larne since this morning. European Highlander is using the alternative berth at Curran Quay instead, while Express is off service due to the weather. The latest P&O sailing information can be obtained from their Travel Information and Weather Line on +44 (0)845 832 8888 Stena Line services to and from Cairnryan are currently operating as normal. suffering delays due to the weather, the 19:30 departures are delayed by 30mins at time of writing.  For latest information phone ferry check on +44 (0)870 575 5755.

Stena line Belfast to Liverpool sailing update

Stena Lagan waiting for Ruby Princess to pass so she can berth at VT4 this evening

Tonight’s departure ex Birkenhead is cancelled. One assumes this is due to Stena Feronia doing a tour of the North Welsh coast at present! The Belfast departure is leaving 30 mins early, I assume due to the weather.  As always, please check with Stena directly for the latest sailing information.

Stena line technical problems

Due to a technical problem at Lough Ryan Port, Stena have cancelled all sailings from Lough Ryan Port until further notice. Please contact Stena directly for the latest information.

Feronia watch: Update

Stena Feronia‘s sailings today have been cancelled, I assume to address the technical issues which have plagued her since entering service in place of Stena Mersey on the Belfast – Birkenhead run. She is currently at anchor off Liverpool and scheduled to depart Birkenhead early tomorrow morning according to Stena’s Ferrycheck website.   Picture:  Stena Feronia at Belfast on 16th November 2014, preparing to enter service covering for the routine dry-docking of the regular Belfast – Birkenhead ships Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan.  Copyright © 2014 Scott Mackey