Manannan to cover Heysham sailings after Ben delay

Tonight's sailing to Heysham will be operated by the Manannan following a lengthy delay to the Ben-my-Chree's crossing.

The Ben was due to leave the Lancashire port for Douglas at 2.15pm, but is now expected to depart at 11pm, not arriving back in the Isle of Man until 2.30am.

The Steam Packet Company says the delay is due to a technical issue with the vessel.

Passengers booked on the 7.45pm crossing to Heysham will now depart on the Manannan at 10.45pm, and are asked to check in at least an hour beforehand.

The return sailing at 2.15am from Heysham will depart as schedule, but will be operated by the fastcraft.